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Library Induction 2020-2021: Library card, username and 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 there is access to the internet. 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.

You can apply for a Library Card before you arrive. Upload your photo during the University registration process. The card should then be waiting for at your Accommodation Centre on campus or the private address you have given us.  Some of you living off-campus may be directed to collect your card from the Virgil Building in Bath city centre. 

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. See the guidance below.

Contact the library team on to request a replacement Library Card. 

For those who are not coming to the campus, please contact us so we can register you as a new library user.  You can also request that a Library card is made and sent to you.  To ask us to register you please send an e-mail to To request a Library card you can also send us an email or you can complete the online form.  If you contact us by email you will need to include the following information:

  • Your university user name.
  • The course you are studying on.
  • An 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 (The SCONUL scheme is temporarily suspended.)