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Library Induction: Library card, username, password

Your Library Card, username & password

  • Once you're fully registered as a student, and received your University username and password, you can access the Library's online resources and services from anywhere with internet access. This includes online books, journal articles and other resources in the Library collection.
  • You need your username and password to access your Library account. You can also access it by clicking 'sign-in' just below the catalogue search box on the Library homepage (then click on your name in the top right corner of the screen). Your account lists all of the books that you have on loan, and any book reservation requests you have made.
  • 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're a new student, you must complete registration before you can apply for your Library Card. 
  • We strongly recommend that you apply for a Library Card before you arrive so it's ready for you in good time.
  • You must upload your photo during the University registration process OR by using the online Photo Upload facility. There are no facilities for taking your photograph in the Library.
  • Once your card is printed, an e-mail will be sent to your University of Bath email account. This message will tell you that your card is ready for collection, and where and when you can collect it.
  • If you miss the opportunity to request a Library Card at registration, you can still apply for a card by either using the online Photo Upload facility or emailing (using your University of Bath account). If you email us, include the address for posting the card and a photograph of your face for us to print onto the card (a cell phone image is usually acceptable).

Students studying away from Bath
  • If you don't study at Bath in person, you may not need a Library Card to complete your studies, but you may want a card in order to show your status as a University of Bath student or your membership of the National Union of Students (NUS). You also need the card if you decide to apply for the SCONUL Access scheme.
  • To request a Library card, either use the Photo Upload facility or email (using your University of Bath account). If you email us, you must include the address for posting the card and a photograph of your face for us to print onto the card (a cell phone image is usually acceptable).

Your Library Card

Your card is valid until the date on the University’s database that indicates the end of your studies. Students who are regular visitors to the campus need a Library Card. To find out what the card enables you to do, scroll through the images and captions below:


  • If your enquiry is about getting a library card, please refer to our guide or email Please don't visit Reader Services if your enquiry is about a new card, unless library staff or an email advise otherwise.
  • If your enquiry is about borrowing a book, refer to our guide or email You don't need your card to return, renew or reserve books but you do need your card to enter the Library Building: further information.