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Visitors to UEA Library

Non UEA student or staff and planning to visit the Library? Find all the information you need here.

UEA Library is not just for UEA Students and Staff. We welcome visitors to the Library between 7am-7pm, every day. Read the section below for more information about our visitor services.

Outside of visitor hours (7am-7pm) access to the Library is via campus card only. Any visitors will be asked to sign-in at the staffed Reception Desk to access the Library building. The Reception Desk is staffed at all times. 

Please note - due to building work over Summer 2024 our walk-in visitor IT login service may periodically be unavailable from 26 June - 9 September inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions about our Library service, you can contact our Helpdesk. See Helpdesk opening hours here.

To reach the Library, go through or around the Student Union building. On the campus map we are building number 14.

For more information check the UEA Information about travel to campus page. 

Blue badge parking is available on street level, and the nearby lift in the Lecture Theatre building can be used to access walkway level and the Library entrance. 

If for any reason you are on street level and unable to access a lift to walkway level please call us on +44 (0)1603 592993. We can assist users to enter the building on street level between 9.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday, and between 11.00am and 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

We have a self-guided tour of the Library that you can use whilst you move around the building and detailed floorplans

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Visitors to UEA Library are unable to borrow Library items. However, we do offer an external membership which allows visitors to borrow up to 20 items at a time for an annual fee of £50. 

We also offer an access only membership for £10 a year. This fee covers the cost of printing a campus card which will allow you access to the Library building 24/7.

To apply for or renew a membership, please download and complete the form before sending to We accept electronic signatures. Payment for applications should be made by payment card when you come to collect your campus card. We cannot accept payment by cash or cheque.  Applications may take up to 10 working days to process.


UEA Library Membership Form PDF


UEA Library Membership Form Word

If you have received a ‘voucher of welcome’ then we are happy to provide you with a UEA Library membership for free for one year. Please complete the form below and send to us along with your voucher, or simply bring your voucher to the Library Helpdesk during opening hours. Proof of address is not required. 


UEA Library Membership Form PDF


UEA Library Membership Form Word

UEA Library is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme, a co-operative venture between higher education libraries. It enables staff, research students, full time and part-time postgraduates, distance learning and placement students to borrow materials from other libraries. Some institutions also allow full time undergraduates to access their libraries on a reference-only basis.

If your home institution is a SCONUL member and you are eligible to join you first need to apply to the scheme via the SCONUL Access website.
Your home institution will need to approve your application and an email will be sent to you confirming your acceptance.

How to apply to the SCONUL Access Scheme for access to UEA Library

1. Visit the SCONUL Access website to make your application.
2. When your application has been processed, you should receive a confirmation email. 
3. The next step to access UEA Library is to complete our application form - this will enable us to issue you a Library card. You can download and complete the application here:


UEA Library Membership Form PDF


UEA Library Membership Form Word


Please complete the form online and email your completed form to You must also send us a copy of your SCONUL Access confirmation email, and a recent photograph. We accept electronic signatures so there is no need to print the form in order to sign it physically. 

4. We will contact you when your application is complete.

Please DO NOT visit UEA Library until you have heard from us and completed all the necessary steps for setting up your access. 

Eligible staff from the following institutions can apply for membership of UEA Library:

  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Sir Thomas Browne Library)
  • James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust (Sir James Paget Library)
  • Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (Frank Curtis Library)
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust (QEH King’s Lynn Library)
  • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust (Ipswich Hospital Library & Learning Resources)

In order to access the library and use our self-service facilities, you must apply for a campus card by completing our membership form.


UEA Library Membership Form PDF


UEA Library Membership Form Word

Eligible staff and research postgraduates from the member institutes of the Norwich Bioscience Institutes Partnership can apply for membership of UEA Library. Please complete the form below and send on to NBI Library to authorise.


UEA Library Membership Form PDF


UEA Library Membership Form Word


Please note - due to building work over Summer 2024 our walk-in visitor IT login service may periodically be unavailable from 26 June - 9 September inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Access to most of our e-resources is limited by the terms of our licences to staff and students of the University with a UEA username and password.

However, we do have a limited range of resources available via ‘walk-in’ access. CCN students and visitors are able to access these resources from within the Library building.

For CCN students and staff, please login to any PC in the Library, and use the walk-in e-resource list below to select and use the resource you need.

For visitors, you can request a 'visitor IT login' in person from the Library Helpdesk between 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday, and 11:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday. In order to be given a login, you will be asked to complete a form which records your identity and that you agree to the UEA Conditions of Computer Use. You must provide us with photographic ID - we will accept a Passport, Driving Licence or National ID card for this purpose. Proof of address will not be required but you will need to tell us your full address including postcode.

Once you have been issued with a login you will be able to use one of our dedicated visitor PCs located on Floor 0, and you can access our walk-in resources from the list below. Please remember this service is for academic access to our walk-in e-resources only and not intended for recreational use. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and is intended for use during visitor access hours only which are 07:00-19:00 daily.


Walk-in E-resource List


Access to Research Service in Norfolk Public Libraries

Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world’s best academic papers across science, technology, medicine and other disciplines through their local libraries. This is the result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free to UK libraries under a new initiative, Access to Research.

The service is available in all 47 Norfolk Public Libraries. All you need to do to access the full-text of resources is visit Access to Research from your public library terminal. You can also see what is available accessing from elsewhere but you will not have access to the full text.

Journals stored in our Research Reserve are available to request for consult within the main Library. You cannot borrow these items. Please use this form to make your request:


Request a Journal


Journal volumes should be available for you to collect 2 working days after you make a request but we will be in touch to let you know when material is available for you.

Please return items to the Library Helpdesk before 6pm. If you haven’t finished using the material, let us know and we can keep it for you to look at another time. Once you have finished with it we will send it back to the Research Reserve.


Need help with Library services? Speak to our friendly Helpdesk team.