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Associate members

If you hold an Associate Campus Card, or a Visiting/Courtesy title, you may join the Library if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Carers for disabled students
  • Honorary Fellow
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Reading University Students Union (RUSU) officers and employees
  • Recognised Teacher of the University
  • Students re-taking final examinations or completing dissertations
  • Suspended students (not those suspended for reasons of debt)
  • Those  whose Contracts of Service requires access to licensed materials
  • Visiting Faculty Staff (at the Greenlands site of the Henley Business School)
  • Visiting Fellow
  • Visiting Member of the Academic Staff
  • Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Research Fellow
  • Visitors to University Schools and Departments who are undertaking research in collaboration with members of the University.

Students who have registered for a course with the University, but whose course has not started yet may be able to join as an External Borrower - see Library privileges for student applicants for details.

To join

  • You must have a University username and password - contact IT for guidance if you don't already have one.
  • Complete the Associate Member application form (PDF) - printed application forms are also available from the Ground Floor Information Desk in the URS Building.
  • Your completed form must be signed by your Head of Department/School (as sponsor)
  • Bring the completed Associate Member application form to the Ground Floor Information Desk in the  URS Building 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Thursday, or 10:00 - 17:00 on Friday. If you cannot make it during the above hours, alternative arrangements can be made - please see the instructions at the top of the application form.

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.

How many items can I borrow?

Once you have registered with the Library you will be able to borrow 10 items. Standard loan items will be issued for three weeks.

You will be able to renew items up to 5 times before you will need to return items to the Library, unless they have been Recalled.

If someone places a hold on a book you have out you will be sent a recall notice, by email asking for return within seven days of the notice or the original due date  if sooner.

You will also be able to use the Inter-library loans service to get books and articles from other libraries.

Fines are charged for the late return of some items.

Access to e-resources

Associate Members of the University are not automatically entitled to access our licensed e-resources. This is due to the terms of our academic licences. Therefore, as an Associate Member, your University account will not be automatically enabled for the authentication system which is used to control access to most licensed e-resources. However, once your eligibility has been confirmed, your University account will be enabled to provide access (both on- and off-campus) to the licensed resources.

Before applying for access to our e-resources you have to join the Library (following the steps above) and have an IT account. However, you can usually make an application for access to the licensed e-resources when joining the Library. If this doesn't happen at the time of registration with the Library please print and complete the Access to licenced e-resources request form (PDF) and send it to Library User Services - see Contacts & support for our postal address.

Once access has been granted you will be able to use your University username and password to access licensed resources. For more information see Accessing e-resources.

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