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Getting a Library Card: Home

How to join the University of Bath Library and advice about getting a replacement library card.

COVID-19 Precautions

The Library Issue Desk staffed from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.  We can replace damaged and lost library cards during up until 4:45pm.

If you are a new student or member of staff requesting a new library card please check the advice in the relevant section below about registration and providing a photograph for the card.  If you have any issues following the outlined advice, please contact Library staff for via library@bath.ac.uk before you visit the Library.

We can also post cards to current staff and students upon request, please advise us of your postal address when mailing us via library@bath.ac.uk

We cannot take card pictures in the library due to social distancing and mask requirements - you will need to provide your card image during online registration or via email (as detailed below) before you visit the Library to obtain a new student or staff library card.

You will be charged £5 to replace a lost library card. Lost cards are invalidated when a replacement is printed.

Library cards are not required for access to online library resources or for anyone not currently based on the campus in Bath. The Printing and Copying facilities available in departmental spaces and Level 2 of the library can be operated without a library card, use the touchscreen options to login.

Library card uses

You can use your library card to:

  • enter the Library
  • borrow items
  • make reservations
  • do photocopying and printing

Library members should only have one valid library card at any one time. Lost cards are invalidated when a replacement is printed. Invalidated cards that have been replaced may be retained and destroyed by University staff.

Invalidated cards cannot be reactivated or used for campus services such as access, campus food and drink credit or library loans. Please see the advice at the end of this page relating to lost cards for further information.

Types of membership

There are different types of Library membership. These are:

  • student
  • staff
  • visitor
  • alumni

We are able to send new and replacement library cards by post to new and returning students and staff. If you are unable or would prefer not to come to campus in person, please contact Library staff for advice via library@bath.ac.uk if you would like to have your card sent to you.

Student library cards

Lost and Damaged Library Card queries

The Library Issue Desk staffed from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.  We can replace damaged and lost library cards up until 4:45pm. You can also email us via library@bath.ac.uk if you would like a replacement card posted to you.

 

Applying for your new card online

You can help us produce your library card before you arrive as a new student. Upload your photo during the University registration process.

You should complete registration and upload a photograph so that library staff can print your card before you get here.  If you have not already done so go to the Photo Upload Service link:

You will be advised by email once your card is printed.

Please contact Library staff for advice via library@bath.ac.uk to obtain a new card or if you are having problems uploading a photograph before you visit the Library.

Applying as a Distance Learner

If you aren't visiting the University campus, please contact Library staff for advice via library@bath.ac.uk about getting your card sent to you.

Borrowing books with your card

You can borrow 30 books at a time using your library card.  A video guide for using our Self-Issue facilities is also available.

Expiry of membership

Your card is valid until the end of your course of studies - as shown on the SAMIS student database.  Please refer to your department and Student Records for advice about obtaining a course extension.

Other uses for your library card

You can also use your library card to:

  • get into your student accommodation
  • use your Eat and Drink credit
  • get into different parts of the University
  • use the sports facilities
  • buy discounted bus tickets
  • get your Students' Union and National Union of Students (NUS) membership

The Library card automatically grants students entry to the Library and Virgil building. If you need access to extra facilities, contact your department or accommodation service as required.

Staff library card

The Library Issue Desk staffed from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.  We can replace damaged and lost library cards up until 4:45pm.  You can also email us via library@bath.ac.uk if you would like a replacement card posted to you.

Any requests for new staff library cards should be made by email to library@bath.ac.uk.

You will need to provide your card image via email (as detailed below) before you visit the Library to obtain a new staff library card.

Before visiting the Library for your new card please send us:

  • an image file showing your face in a "selfie" or passport style format for use on the card.
  • your contract end date if you are in a fixed term post
  • please also send us details of your postal address so we can send your card to you if required

Contact us via library@bath.ac.uk for advice about delivery of a new card.

Your library card is linked to other University systems so you need to have a staff profile on Person Finder before you can have a card.

Replacement cards for current staff

Please contact the Library staff via library@bath.ac.uk for advice about obtaining and updated or replacement library card or visit during our staffed hours.

Borrowing with your card

You can borrow 30 items at a time using your card.  A video guide for using our Self-Issue facilities is also available.

You can use your library card as a form of identification to get some staff discounts.

Expiry of membership

Staff cards are valid for up to five years or until the expiry of your contract. If you are still working at the University when your card expires, you can renew it.  Please contact the Library for advice in advance of your card expiry date.  You'll receive an email reminder one month before your card expiry date.

If you need your card to provide access to other facilities, labs and workspaces please refer to colleagues in your department for further advice. The Issue Desk staff have no control over door access permissions across campus.

Visitor, Alumni and SCONUL Access library cards

It is with regret and by necessity that access to the Library will be restricted to current members of the University and Alumni members only.

We will reinstate paid memberships as soon as we are able and when we do all memberships will be re-set for a year. For those who have paid for their membership and would prefer a refund, pro-rated to the point at which we closed in March, we are happy to do this.

The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended nationally.  

Online Access to resources

Library staff have gathered a list of free online resources visitors might find useful.

Link to advice about access and card problems

Library Card Help

Contact the Library

E-mail library@bath.ac.uk

Telephone 01225 385000