Partners & Visitors

Visitors conducting genuine academic research are welcome to visit the Library, however, access to various library services may differ according to affiliation with the University.
Please be aware of the libraries opening hours; most users will have access between 9AM to 5PM.
The following table provides guidance for this:

Visitor Access to services in the Library Building eResources
Alumni (Card Required) 5 books / 12 weeks Walk-in access
ESAH (Essex Society for Archaeology & History) Reference / Borrowing (Please check the ESAH website) Walk-in access
General public (Research) Reference only Walk-in access
Retired staff Reference /  Borrowing (on application 30 books / for a term) Walk-in access
SCONUL Access Please check with your library Walk-in access
Summer school students 5 books / 12 weeks Select Access
Visiting/Honorary staff Borrowing - as current UoE staff Select Access
UoE validated degree courses *:
Colchester Institute UG Reference only Walk-in access
Colchester Institute PG 5 books / 12 weeks Walk-in access
Edge Hotel School student As current UoE student Full Access
Edge Hotel School staff As current UoE staff member Select Access
Kaplan Singapore students N/A Full access
Kaplan Singapore staff N/A Select access
South Essex College (non-UoE students) Reference only Walk-in access
South Essex College staff 5 books / 12 weeks Walk-in access
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust staff Reference / borrowing Walk-in access
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
(UoE students only)
Borrowing - as current UoE students Full access
UCS & affiliated colleges UG Reference only Walk-in access
UCS & affiliated colleges PG 5 books / 12 weeks Walk-in access
UCS & affiliated colleges staff 5 books / 12 weeks Walk-in access
UoE Online Reference only Full access
UoE Online staff Reference only Full access
Writtle College UG Reference only Walk-in access
Writtle College PG 5 books / 2 weeks Walk-in access
Intermitting UoE students may have the following access during intermission:
Undergraduate 5 books / 2 weeks Select remote access
PGT 5 books / 2 weeks Select remote access
PGR (first two terms of intermitting) Reference only Walk-in access
PGR (term before return) 10 books / 2 weeks Select remote access
*Students on UoE validated degree courses/UoE students | UG=Undergraduates PG=Postgraduates UoE=University of Essex

Visiting the Library

When visiting the library as a partner or visitor, please bring either:

  • Your institution membership card.
  • Two forms of ID (one with a photo, the other with a proof of address)

Once you arrive, please check-in with the help desk, and they will help you with using the library and setting up any machinery needed. We hope you have a good visit!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about using the library, or need to contact us about your visit, please contact us:

  • At the helpdesk.
  • By e-mail at:
  • By telephone at: 01206 873192

Physical Access

Some users will be able to borrow items from the library, and the table above will show you how many and how long you can borrow items for. These items are can only be borrowed from the main collection. (Not the student or short-loan collection.)
Other users will only be able to reference the items, meaning that they cannot be taken from the library, and can only be used within the building.

E-resource Access

The library holds an extensive collection of e-resources which are usable off and on campus, and click on the link to see what e-resources you have access to. Under liscence agreements, some e-resources are useable in the library by walk-in access users, such as external readers, alumni, ex-members of staff, and members of partner institutions.
Walk-in users must complete a 'Visitors E-resources Access Form' at the library helpdesk, along with two forms of identity: one should have a photo, and the otehr should have proof of your address.
Please follow the links above for more information.

Services for visitors

Visitors should sign the Visitors' Book at the Library Helpdesk on arrival, and should carry relevant forms of identification with them at all times (e.g. SCONUL Access card, Student Registration card, Library Reader's Ticket). The Library's opening hours can be checked online in advance of your visit.

There are various services which are available to you as visitors of the Library:

  • Resources - Both physical & digital
  • Catalogue Search (Via a computer in the library, or the search function on the library website)
  • Personal Internet (Please Enquire at the University Services Desk)
  • Scanning (Please abide by Copyright law)
  • The Help Desk (If you have any queries)


The University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
+44 (0) 1206 873192