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Friends of the University

As a Friend of the University of Reading you can join the Library as an External borrower at the discounted rate of £60 per annum. Membership will confer borrowing rights only, it does not include access to e-resources.

Applying for borrowing rights

  • Complete our online application form.
    Printed copies are also available from the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.
  • If eligible, you will be invited to register and to pay the appropriate fee detailed above.
  • Registration in person is available at the Welcome Desk which is open 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00 Friday during term time. During vacation, hours may vary but ordinarily are Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00. If you cannot visit during these hours please contact the Library User Services Team (email: or telephone: (0118) 378 8770) to make alternative arrangements.

See our Privacy notice (PDF) for information on what personal information we collect, hold and share in order to provide Library services to you and your rights in respect of the data we hold about you.


You will be given an External borrowers card which gives you access to the Library and enables you to borrow:

  • ten standard or term loan items
  • these can be borrowed for up to six weeks unless recalled by another person
  • you will be fined 80p per day for items that have been recalled and are overdue

Using self-service features on the catalogue

When you register you will be given a PIN which you can use to access the self-service features on the catalogue system, such as renewing your loans, placing holds (on Standard loan items only), and viewing your account.

If you forget your PIN, just contact us for a reminder, but please be prepared to quote your Library card number.

Further information

For further information on access to the Library please contact us.

For information about free resources see our Guide to free research resources