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External Borrowers and Visitors: External Borrowers

Everything you need to know about the Library if you are not a BGU student or staff member.

External borrowers

This page is relevant to anyone who has joined BGU Library under one of the following categories of membership:

  • Ex-students of BGU (alumnus)
  • Ex-members of BGU staff
  • Current students of BGU's partner colleges/organisations
  • Members of the SCONUL Access scheme
  • Members of the public who have paid an annual fee to join the Library and borrow library materials
  • Members of the public undertaking the BGU Associate Award
  • Members of the clergy
  • Tenants of BGFutures

To find out how to join the Library as one of the above categories of user click here.

Accessing the Library

The Library is located in the Cornerstone Building, in the south-west corner of the campus next to the University Chapel and the pedestrian walkway from Newport.

The building entrance is locked in the evenings, after which time access is restricted to BGU students and staff members only. The access control gates at the library entrance are operated with a BGU ID card / library card. Anyone without a card can ring the bell for attentionYou will be required to sign in upon entering the Library.

With the above in mind you should normally be able to gain access to the Library at the following times:

Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm   May and August Bank Holidays 10am-5.30pm*
Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm   All other bank holidays: Closed.
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5.30pm    

*On these days the library is open but the Service Desk is closed and a Security Officer is on duty.

The Library is normally closed over the long Easter weekend and between Christmas and New Year.

Computers and wi-fi

External borrowers are welcome to bring laptops and mobile devices into the Library (there are plenty of power points located around the building). Free guest wi-fi is available campus-wide; please ask at the Library Service Desk for details.

SCONUL Access members may be able to connect to wi-fi via Eduroam, a service used by UK universities to provide reciprocal wi-fi access.  If you visit from an institution that also uses Eduroam you can connect to our wi-fi network with the same login you use at your home institution. Some devices pick up the Eduroam signal automatically, whilst others may need to be configured to accept it.

A single public access PC on the ground floor provides access to the internet but it is not possible to print or save from this device.   

An IT Helpdesk is located on campus in the CELT Centre (adjacent to Curiositea) should you require assistance.  They can also be contacted on 01522 583666 or at


Pay-as-you-go photocopying facilities are available.  Ask at the Service Desk for more details.  Costs are as follows:

  A4 A3
B&W single-sided 4p 6p
B&W double-sided 6p 9p
Colour single-sided 20p 35p
Colour double-sided 30p 52p


Resources and borrowing

The library is home to over 138,000 physical resources including books, journals and audio-visual materials.  Use WorldCat to search library collections at <>. For more about your loan entitlements as an external borrower see our Borrowing LibGuide.

Please note that external membership does not include access to the inter-library loan service, postal loan service, scanning service, electronic resources or More Books scheme.

Rules and regulations

Lidded drinks are permitted in the Library but food and open drink containers are not. There is a water fountain in the building foyer.  All library users are expected to make and take phone calls in the building foyer or stairwells and to treat library staff, their fellow library users, and the building with respect

Study facilities

There are a variety of study areas on both floors of the Library including areas for group, quiet and silent study.  Only current BGU students may book the Library's seminar rooms and silent study booths.

Image attribution

All photos ©Bishop Grosseteste University.