Partners & Visitors

Partners and Visitors are welcome to the library.

Be sure to look at the Library Opening Hours

The following tables show you what you can access based on your relation to the library:

Type 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
Type Access to services in the Library Building eResources
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

Key: UoE = University of Essex | UG = Undergraduate | PG = Postgraduate

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!

Physical Access

If you can borrow items from the library, these items can only from the main collection (not the Student or Short-oan collections.

Reference only means you can only use library resources when inside 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 other 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)
  • Use of a PC (Please ask at the helpdesk)
  • Scanning (Please abide by Copyright law)
  • The Help Desk (If you have any queries)

Any Questions?

If you want to know more, or have questions about usage and/or materials, please contact us.


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