Community Access

There are several ways for members of the public to join the library. Check the list of schemes to see if you are eligible.

Alumni – Free library membership for University of Salford Alumni Association members. You must first apply for an Alumni membership card.

Associate College – Free library membership for those attending a college or institution associated with the University of Salford.

Community Access – Free library membership for members of the public, aged 16 and above, who live, work or study in the Salford area. Post codes: M3, M5, M6, M7, M50 and M60. You must provide proof of your address when you collect your card.

Interruption of Study students – Free library membership for University of Salford students who have interrupted their study.

NHS Trust Honorary Library Members – Free library membership for those who work within the NHS Trusts associated with the University.

SCONUL – The SCONUL Access scheme allows students or staff of other universities to make use of the library at the University of Salford to borrow or use our books and journals.

Business Services – A fee is paid for members of companies associated with the University of Salford to be given library borrowing rights.

If you're not eligible for one of these schemes, you may join the library as a member of the public. Access will be granted as reference only, but you can pay a registration fee of £50 for one year of borrowing access.


Join the Community Access Scheme

Free library membership applies to all members of the public, aged 16 and above, who live, work or study in the Salford area.

Complete the application form and provide proof of your address when you come to collect your Community Access membership card.

Membership is not transferable. It is your responsibility to notify the University of Salford library staff of any change of address or other contact details.


Community Access Scheme members' entitlements

Members can:

  • Enter University library facilities
  • Borrow library items
  • Use the free wifi – ‘WiFi-Guest’

They cannot:

  • Book study rooms
  • Use the PCs or laptops
  • Use the online resources
  • Use the printing facilities

Guidance for external members

Behaviour

Please be courteous to our staff and other library users. Show your membership card to library staff when requested. Do not disturb other library users, degrade the learning environment or damage library property. Please observe guidance and signage in the library relating to noise, eating, drinking, silent areas and using mobile phones. You will be asked to leave the library if your behaviour is unsuitable. Please be aware of and comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.

Borrowing

Members with borrowing rights can borrow up to four books at a time. A wide range of print journals and DVDs are also available for borrowing.

Please remember, there are fines and charges for overdue items and not all items are available for borrowing by non-University members. However, items that cannot be borrowed can still be used while you are in the Library.

Borrowing is not possible with outstanding fines on your Library record.

Children

Children under 16 are welcome to visit with an accompanying adult, who must supervise them at all times. Please also be respectful of other users and areas such as the Silent Zones when bringing children into the library.

The University of Salford Library cannot be held responsible for any injury sustained while on its premises.


Renew your Community/Alumni account

Your membership is valid for one year. After a year you must renew your card

Please contact the library - email: library-communityaccess@salford.ac.uk or visit an Enquiry desk. You will need:

  • ID such as a Driving License or Passport
  • Proof of Current Address e.g. a recent utility bill

To renew SCONUL Access you will need;

  • ID such as a Driving License or Passport
  • Proof of Current Address e.g. a recent utility bill
  • Your SCONUL renewal letter