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Borrowing

All you need to know about library membership, borrowing and loans

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If you are currently enrolled on a programme of study at Bishop Grosseteste University membership of the Library is free for the duration of your course. Your membership is activated as soon as you enrol and receive your university ID card, which is also your library card.  You need your ID card to enter the Library, borrow resources and use the copier-printer network, so remember to keep it with you at all times when you are on campus. 

If you are currently employed by Bishop Grosseteste University membership of the Library is free for the duration of your employment. Your membership is activated as soon as you receive your university ID card, which is also your library card.  You need your ID card to enter the Library, borrow resources and use the copier-printer network, so remember to keep it with you at all times when you are on campus. 

If you are studying with one of the University's partner colleges or organisations (except Grantham College - see below) on a course assessed or validated by Bishop Grosseteste University you are entitled to join the Library as an external borrower.  External membership is free for the duration of your course. To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the Library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. External membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

If you are studying with us at Grantham College you have the same borrowing rights and entitlements as a BGU student.  Your membership is activated as soon as you enrol and receive your university ID card, which is also your library card.  You will need your ID card to enter the Library, borrow resources and use the copier-printer network, so remember to keep it with you at all times when you are on campus. 

SCONUL Access is a network of university libraries. A reciprocal scheme, it allows library users to visit other libraries in the network and, in many instances, borrow resources.


If you are a student or staff member from another institution wishing to use our library you will need to apply to join the SCONUL Access through your home institution. Once a member of the network you can then join our library. To do this please send an email to library@bishopg.ac.uk with the subject line 'SCONUL Access application'. We will then send you a link to an online application form; you will need to upload a photo of yourself as part of this process.

Once your membership of our library is approved you can collect your library membership card from our library's Service Desk (click here for Service Desk opening times), at which time you will be asked to show formal ID and proof of your SCONUL Access membership, as issued by the library at your home institution. 

Band A, B and C members of the SCONUL Access network are entitled to join our library as an external borrower.  External borrower membership is free for the duration of your SCONUL Access membership. As an external borrower you are issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the Library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. Please note that external membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

Band R SCONUL members are not eligible for external membership but may use our library for reference purposes or join our library under a different category of external borrower (see categories above; fees may apply).


Click here for more information about SCONUL Access.

If you are an alumnus of Bishop Grosseteste University (i.e., you previously completed a programme of study with us), or are a member of BG Generations, you are entitled to join the Library as a lifelong external borrower upon payment of a £50 deposit. You can terminate your library membership, and have your deposit refunded, at any time upon request. To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. External membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

The University reserves the right to refuse or withdraw an external borrower's membership status at its discretion.

If you are a current BGU student or staff member working towards the BGU Associate Award you can use your existing library account for Associate Award purposes. 

If you are an alumnus or member of the public working towards the BGU Associate Award you are entitled to join the Library, for free, as an external borrower for the duration of the Award (normally up to three years).  To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk.

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. External membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

The University reserves the right to refuse or withdraw an external borrower's membership status at its discretion.

BGU is a church university in the Anglican tradition. If you are an ordained member of the clergy you are entitled to join the Library, for free, as an external borrower.  To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk. You will need to provide evidence of your status as an ordained member of the clergy.

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. External membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

The University reserves the right to refuse or withdraw an external borrower's membership status at its discretion.

If you were previously employed by Bishop Grosseteste University on a permanent contract you are entitled to join the Library, for free, as a lifelong external borrower.  To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk.  You will need to provide evidence of your status as an ex-permanent member of staff.

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. External membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

The University reserves the right to refuse or withdraw an external borrower's membership status at its discretion.

If you are a sixth form student under 18 years of age you may use the Library for study and reference purposes, free of charge, if you are accompanied and supervised by someone 18 years of age or over. Alternatively you can complete the application form below, email it to library@bishopg.ac.uk and, once we hear back from your School/Sixth Form confirming your status, you are welcome to use our Library on your own.

If you are a sixth form student and are 18 years old or over you may use the Library for study and reference purposes as a member of the public, free of charge, or can choose to join the Library, with borrowing entitlements, for an annual fee (see the Members of the public tab above for more info).

If you are a member of the public and are 18 years of age or over you can sign in as a visitor and use the Library for reference or study purposes free of charge.  You are also entitled to join the Library as an external borrower for an annual membership fee of £50.  To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk.

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building. External membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

The University reserves the right to refuse or withdraw an external borrower's membership status at its discretion.

If you are studying with the North Lincolnshire SCITT (School-based Initial Teacher Training) programme you are entitled to join the Library as an external borrower.  External membership is free for the duration of your course. To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk. You will need to provide evidence of your status as a SCITT student.

As an external borrower you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library.

Please note that external membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.

Click here for more information about using the Library as a SCITT student, including restricted out-of-hours access for external borrowers. 

 

If you are a BG Futures tenant you are entitled to join the Library as an external borrower. If you are an ex-student of Bishop Grosseteste University, membership of the Library is free for the duration of your tenancy. Any other tenant of BG Futures may choose to pay a one-off non-refundable fee of £50 for the duration of their tenancy. 

To join the Library please email us in the first instance at library@bishopg.ac.uk.

 If you do not already have a BGU ID card you will be issued with a library membership card.  This is used to borrow resources and gain access to the library. Click here for more information about using the Library as an external borrower, including restricted out-of-hours access to the building.

Please note that external membership does not include access to document supply services or electronic resources.