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Applying for a Visitor pass

Members of the public who would like to visit the library must apply in advance for a visitor pass.  These are usually processed within 3 working days but it may take longer during busy periods.  Passes will be valid for 1 year.  When uploading a photo, please DO NOT use a photo of your passport / visa.  We are unable to process applications made using a photo of your passport. You will need to upload a clear photograph showing just your head and shoulders, in .jpg, .png, or .jpeg format.  We cannot process any other formats.


Solent University Alumni and SCONUL members can apply for subscriber membership instead.

When can visitors use the library?

The library is open for members of the public with a visitor pass to use as a reference collection during the following hours only:

  • Monday - Friday (term-time) - 8.00-23:00
  • Saturday and Sunday (term-time) - 11:00-23:00
  • Vacation hours (these are advertised shortly before each vacation).

There may be times when we are required to restrict access for visitors such as national lockdowns.  Any changes will be advertised on the library website.

All visitors must show a valid visitor pass to enter the library.  If you lose your pass you will need to apply again using the link above.

What can visitors use in the library?

  • Use the books as a reference
  • Use the various non-bookable study spaces

What can visitors NOT use or do in the library?

  • Use computers
  • Use bookable study rooms
  • Borrow any items

Are children allowed in the library?

Children who are accompanied by an adult may visit the library. Children must be accompanied at all times and adults are responsible for ensuring that children are safe and do not cause disruption.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please open the attached documents.

You can also contact us via email: