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Library Induction: Library card, PIN 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 form 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

COVID-19 notice: Note that Library staff are currently unable to make cards due to the closure of the Library building.  Library cards are primarily used to access physical services and collections on campus.  New students should contact us using our Ask A Librarian service to register a library user account at this time.  You are advised to contact us again when on-site Library services resume, in order to obtain a 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 you at the Library, or Accommodation Centre, at the beginning of your studies.

Certain flexible learning courses, that are not campus based, and students who have missed the opportunity to request their Library Card at registration will have three options.

Use a photo-booth in the Library during the first week of the year and pick up your card from the Library Issue Desk (Monday to Friday 9am to 4.45pm).
Request a new or replacement Library Card from the Issue Desk (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm).

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).

Getting your Library Card web page:

Your card is valid until the end of your course of studies - as indicated on the University’s student database.

Your Library card PIN

You will receive your PIN by email when your first library card is printed. You can update your PIN by logging in to your Library Account. You can also ask Issue Desk staff for a reminder of your PIN during staffed hours.

You will need your PIN to take print books, DVDs and other loanable items, out via the self-issue machines near to the Issue Desk in the Library.

Your Library Card

Students who are regular visitors to the campus will need a Library Card, for example, to:

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