Visitors conducting genuine academic research are welcome to visit the Library, however, access to
various library services may differ according to affiliation with
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 stafft||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||Select Access|
|Writtle College UG||Reference only||Walk-in access|
|Writtle College PG||5 books / 2 weeks||Walk-in access|
|*Students on UoE validated degree courses/UoE students | UG=Undergraduates PG=Postgraduates UoE=University of Essex|
When visiting the library as a partner or visitor, please bring either:
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!
If you have any questions about using the library, or need to contact us about your visit, please contact us:
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.
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.
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: