Join the Library

All students and staff are automatically given library access, however, even if you're not a student or member of staff at the University, there are lots of schemes that might allow you to join.

We are processing applications!

When your card is ready to be created, you will receive an Email notification asking you to come into the library. We apologise for any recent delays.

Thank you for your patience.

Membership schemes

Alumni – We are delighted to provide free library membership for all graduates of the University of Salford. You will need to provide your alumni ID number in order to request your library card. If you do not know your alumni ID number please contact the alumni team at or call 0161 295 4265.

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

Community Access Scheme – 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 membership card. Membership is not transferable. It is your responsibility to notify our staff of any change of address or other contact details.

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 borrow or use our books and journals.

Members can:

  • Enter University library facilities during open hours, however, restrictions may be put in place during peak assessment and exam periods
  • Borrow library items
  • Use the free wifi – ‘WiFi-Guest’

Access some e-resources via Community Access PCs

American Chemical Society Journals
British Nursing Index
British Periodicals 1 and 2
Business Source Premier
Cambridge Core
Dissertations and theses
Drama Online
Early European Books
EIU Country Data
Gale Primary Sources
Grove Music Online (OUP)
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
ICE Virtual Library
IEEE/IEL Electronic Library
Institute of Physics Journals
Journal Citation Reports
Linguistics Collection
Literature Online
Migration to New Worlds
MLA Directory of Periodicals
MLA International Bibliography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Oxford Reference Online
Performing Arts Periodicals Database
Periodicals Archive Online
ProQuest Arts & Humanities Full Text
ProQuest Asian & European Business Collection
ProQuest Politics Collection
ProQuest Social Sciences Databases
Regional Business News
Rock's backpages
Sage Journals
Science Direct
Springer Link
Taylor and Francis ebooks
Taylor and Francis Online
University Press Scholarship Online
Vogue (US) Archive
Web of Science
Wiley Online Library


Members can't:

  • Book study rooms
  • Use the PCs or laptops
  • Use the online resources
  • Place requests using Library Search
  • Use the printing facilities


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 charges for overdue items and not all items are available for borrowing by non-University members. You may use items that aren’t available for borrowing whilst you’re in the library.

Borrowing is not possible with outstanding charges on your library account.


    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 quiet floor 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 membership

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

    Please contact us (email: or visit an Enquiry Desk) to renew your membership. 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.

    Membership form

    Please complete this form to start the application process. Your card will be created when you visit the library to complete the application process - please allow 30 minutes for this visit. A member of the library team will contact you with further details after you have submitted your application form.

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    Your details
    Please include if you qualify for the scheme through your work or study address.
    Please upload a jpeg file of a passport style, head and shoulders photo set against a neutral background. If the photo is deemed unacceptable we will email asking for an alternative. 
    One file only.
    256 MB limit.
    Allowed types: gif, jpg, png, svg.
    256 MB limit per form.
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