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External Borrowers and Visitors: Visitors

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


This page is relevant to anyone wishing to use the Library for reference purposes, including members of the public, conference delegates and guests staying at Longdales House.  Library visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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. 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 1.30-5.30pm

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

NB. If you gain access to the Library at the above times you may remain in the Library until closing, but if you leave the building you will be unable to re-enter without a BGU ID card. 

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

Computers and wi-fi

External borrowers and visitors are welcome to bring laptops and mobile devices into the Library (there are plenty of power points located around the building) but are not permitted to use university computers. Free guest wi-fi is available campus-wide; please ask at the Library Service Desk for details.

Printing facilities are not available to external borrowers.

SCONUL Access members may be able to use their own device 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.

An IT Helpdesk is available during office hours should you require assistance.  They can be contacted on 01522 583666 or at


Photocopying facilities are available to visitors and external borrowers but there is a minimum charge of £1 for card payments.  Ask at the Service Desk for more details.  Costs are as follows:

A4 A3
B&W single-sided 5p 8p
B&W double-sided 8p 14p
Colour single-sided 21p 37p
Colour double-sided 34p 60p


Man browsing shelves
The Teaching Resources Collection
Fibre optic cable
The Social Study Suite
The Service Desk


The library is home to over 140,000 physical resources including books and journals, all of which you are welcome to make reference use of whilst in the Library.  Use WorldCat to search library collections. 

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 and staff members may book the Library's seminar rooms and silent study booths.

Image attribution

All photos ©Bishop Grosseteste University.