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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 reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to visit other libraries that belong to the scheme, and borrow resources.

Following its suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic the SCONUL Access Scheme has now re-opened, albeit with a reduced number of participating institutions.


If you are a member of the BGU community and belonged to the scheme prior to the pandemic we ask that you re-apply for membership to ensure your credentials are up-to-date. You can use this same link to join the scheme for the first time.  As part of the application/reapplication process you can check whether or not the libraries you wish to visit remain members of the SCONUL Access scheme and are accepting visitors.  Please allow up to 2 weeks for your application to be processed.


If you are a student or staff member from another institution wishing to visit our library you will need to apply for the scheme through your home institution. If you were a member of the scheme prior to the pandemic please contact the library at your home institution, before visiting our library, to check that your SCONUL Access membership is still current and valid. You will need to ensure that your initial visit to our library is during normal office hours (i.e. 8.30am-5pm Mondays to Thursdays, 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays) and will be asked to show your SCONUL Access card or confirmation email (issued by the library at your home institution). 

As a member of the SCONUL Access network you 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.


Click here for more information about SCONUL Access.

 

If you are an alumnus of Bishop Grosseteste University, or 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 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.