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

Everybody can use our curated Open Access Resources page of trusted, high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly content that publishers make freely available.

We want our library spaces to feel inclusive, welcoming and considerate of all members of our university community. To this end, we ask our users to check out this page of ways you can help us achieve this: Library Etiquette


  • University of Cumbria Students

    All students registered on a course with the University of Cumbria will automatically join the library. 

    Your Cumbria Card is your library card.  Please familiarise yourself with the Cumbria Card terms and conditions.

    You may be given your Cumbria card at the start of your course. If not, just call into your campus library to collect it. 

    If you are a distance learning student, your card will be posted to the address on your student record.

    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.

    At the start of your course you should set your library PIN. You will need this to borrow items from the library.

    Make sure you familiarise yourself with our library services and resources.

  • Reciprocal Borrowing Schemes


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

    To join the library, email the completed form to with a passport style photograph (for your library card) with your full postal address and we will post your library card to you. If you are using the Sconul Access Scheme please also send your approval email.

    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 Library Application Form LMC


  • Information for Visitors and Community Borrowers

    All members of the public are welcome to use the library facilities for reference and study purposes during staffed hours

    All our books and journals are listed on our library catalogue, OneSearch.  Use OneSearch to check the availability of titles before your visit.

    Using the library

    All printed material is available to consult in the library.  If you wish to borrow items see below.

    You can access a selection of our electronic resources during your visit.  Find out more on this page.

    You can bring your own laptop (for which you are responsible) but you will not have access to the wifi, printers or networked computers. 

    Can I borrow from the library?

    You can join as an community borrower by paying an annual fee of £50. You will need to complete an Community borrower application form.  Email the completed form to with a passport style photograph (for your library card) with your full postal address and we will post your library card to you.

    To join as a member of the Alumni Association costs £35.

    You may be able to join for 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 are a mentor, educator or assessor to University of Cumbria students. 

    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 be liable for fines for overdue books and charges for lost items at the publicised rates.
    • you will not be eligible for postal loans.

    Here to help

    If you have any questions then email Library staff will be able to give brief introductions to using the library and accessing its stock.  We cannot however carry out in-depth queries, do literature searches or provide information skills training.

  • Sanctuary Library Access and Borrowing Scheme

    Universities of Sanctuary Logo, In October 2022 University of Cumbria began our journey to join the growing number of UK universities who are being recognised as Universities of Sanctuary. 

    The Universities of Sanctuary organisation is a national network of university staff, lecturers, academics, and students, working to make Higher Education institutions places of welcome, belonging and safety for people seeking sanctuary.

    For members of local refugee and asylum seeking community groups University of Cumbria library is pleased to be able to offer the following at our Lancaster campus library:

    • Free library card
    • Free book loans (up to four books at a time)
    • Free internet access
    • Free study and reading space between 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
    • Access to and borrowing rights for a dedicated 'sanctuary' collection of ESOL/EFL books.

    Please complete this short Registration Form if you would like to join this scheme.

    If you have any questions please contact us for a friendly chat at 


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