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Library Induction 2021-2022: Library card, username, password

Your Library user name and password

Once you have fully registered as a student, and received your University username and password, you will be able to access the Library's services and online resources from anywhere with internet access. This includes online books, journal articles and other resources in the Library collection.

You can use your username and password to access your Library account from the Library home page.

When off campus you will be asked to log in using your username and password before being able to see Library databases, published materials, and other resources.

How to get your Library card

If you are a new student you must complete registration before you can apply for your Library Card. It is strongly recommend you apply for a Library Card before you arrive so we can have it ready for you:

  • Upload your photo during the University registration process OR by visiting the Photo Upload facility. Please note: there are no facilities for taking your photograph in the Library, you must upload an image for your card to be printed.
  • Once your card is printed you will be notified by email to your University email account where you should expect to collect your card.
  • Cards printed up to and including the 20th September should then be waiting for at your Accommodation Centre on campus OR at the Virgil Building for students in University owned City accommodation. 
  • Cards printed from 21 September will be available for collection from the Library's Reader Services on Level 2 of the Library during staffed hours in the Arrivals period. 
  • If you have opted to have your card posted to you, it will be sent by standard mail services to UK addresses as soon as possible after being produced.

If you have any queries or problems in relation to producing a library card, please contact us via for advice.

Please do not visit Reader Services with new card queries unless you have received the email advising you to collect the card from us or you have been advised to come in person by Library staff.

Certain flexible learning courses, that are not campus based, and students who have missed the opportunity to request their Library Card at registration can still apply for cards. Please refer to the advice below.

If you are studying away from Bath

For those who are not coming to the University in person to study, then you may not need a physical Library Card to complete your studies.

However, some students may wish to apply for a library card to show their student status, show your membership of the NUS or use the SCONUL Access scheme.  

You can contact us to request a Library card is made and sent to you. To request a Library card you can use the Photo Upload facility or contact us at

If emailing, please contact us using your University of Bath email account. You will need to send the following information for us to produce and post your card:

  • the address that you wish the card to be sent to.
  • a photograph of your face that will be printed on the card (a cell phone image is usually acceptable).

More information is found on our Getting your Library Card guide.

Your Library Card

Your card is valid until the end of your course of studies - as indicated on the University’s student database. Students who are regular visitors to the campus will need a Library Card, for example, to:


If you are not on campus

If you are not going to be on campus, then you do not need a physical Library Card to complete your studies. However, some students may wish to apply for one. This could be to:

  1.   show your student status
  2.   show your membership of the National Union of Students
  3.   use the SCONUL scheme in the UK & Republic of Ireland