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There are various categories of users who can have access to our University libraries.

Please see below for information on how to join our library and what your membership will entitle you to.

  • Students

    If you are registered on a course with the University of Cumbria, you will be automatically registered with the library.

    Your library card is your Cumbria Card. You will be given your card at the start of your course.Library200x133, People studying at the Library at the Fusehill campus

    Having your Cumbria card with you makes it quicker to use the self-service kiosks when you are borrowing items from the library. You can return items without your card.

    Students studying by distance learning should contact the library at their campus to request their Cumbria Card. 

    Students based in London will have their card issued at the London site.

    Please familiarise yourself with the Cumbria Card terms and conditions.


  • Reciprocal Borrowing Schemes

    We are currently unable to accept any new applications to join the library.

    The Sconul Access Scheme is temporarily suspended


    University of Cumbria is a member of several reciprocal borrowing schemes:

    To join the library you need to bring with you your home library card and the reciprocal scheme application form endorsed by your home library as proof of eligibility.

    You will have the same entitlement as external borrowers. You will not have access to networked computers.

    Students at Lancaster and Morecambe College should complete this library access application form.

    We are currently unable to accept any new applications to join the library.

  • Information for Visitors and External Borrowers

    (including those using the library under reciprocal or access schemes)

    All members of the public are welcome to use the library facilities for reference and study purposes during staffed hours. Please treat our facilities with respect and observe the Library Rules and Regulations including the Code of Conduct.

    You can use the library catalogue to search for books or journals. You can check the availability of titles before you visit by checking the catalogue at OneSearch

    Restrictions when using the library

    You do not have access to any electronic resources, due to the present licensing restrictions.

    You do not have access to networked computing facilities.

    Can I borrow from the library?

    You can join as an external borrower by paying an annual fee of £50. You will need to provide us with proof of identity such as a passport or current driving licence. You will then need to complete an External Borrower Application Form.

    If you are a member of the Alumni association you are entitled to pay a reduced fee of £35.

    You may be able to join free if:

    • you are studying at another HE institution under the Sconul Access agreement
    • you are studying at an FE college in Cumbria under the CHELPS scheme
    • you are a member of a NHS library under the Passport to Partnership (P2P) scheme. You will need to bring a form signed by your home institution and complete a registration form for us.
    • you act as a mentor, educator or assessor to University of Cumbria students, your University academic contact will need to add you to the internal Engage system. Your account will be activated automatically.

    Once you have joined:

    • you will be able to borrow four items from the lending or teaching practice collections
    • you will be able to request one item from another campus
    • you will liable to fines and charges for lost items at the publicised rates
    • you will not be eligible for postal loans

    Here to help

    Library staff will be able to give brief introductions to using the library and accessing its stock but cannot deal with in-depth queries, do literature searches or provide information skills training.

  • Mentors

    Anyone who acts as a mentor on a University of Cumbria course can join the library. You should ask your Department contact to add you to the Engage system. Your registration will be authorised and library membership processed automatically. 



  • Public and Alumni members

    Members of the public and alumni are welcome to use the libraries for reference and study purposes free of charge during staffed hours. If you wish to borrow items you can pay an annual fee and join the library; alumni pay a reduced fee. 

    Please complete an External Borrower Application Form.

    You will have the same entitlement as external borrowers. You will not have access to networked computers. "Walk-in access" to a subset of our electronic resources is available

    Please note we can only process applications 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

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