Day Reader pass

Use our physical collection for your own research. The Arts and Social Sciences Library is open to independent researchers.

What is a Day Reader pass?

We welcome Day Readers at the Arts and Social Sciences Library from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday.

This pass gives you access to:

  • Our physical collections
  • Desk space to work while reading these books

You will need:

  • A form of photo ID

Before visiting, please confirm the Arts and Social Sciences Library's opening hours as it may be closed on bank holidays or vacation days.

Passes are suspended during busy times in the academic year, such as assessment periods. During these periods, a notice will be put on this webpage.

Book retrieval

You can reserve books from the Arts & Social Sciences library. Any print items from our other libraries (whether available or out on loan) must be requested via our Book Retrieval Service 

Preparing for your visit

How to check if the book you need is available. How to confirm that you will be able to access it.

Library regulations

Regulations for use

Permission to visit or join the library is granted subject to the conditions set out in the regulations for the use of library services and facilities.

Data protection

Your data will be processed according to our GDPR statement.

GDPR statement 2018 (PDF, 26kB)


The University buildings remain private premises and we reserve the right to deny access where deemed appropriate.

Visitor security

University Security Services operate identification checks on all University premises. You will need to show your pass when requested by a member of staff.

Please be aware that the lift in the Arts and Social Sciences library can only be accessed with a u-card, therefore a Day Reader visitor will be unable to use the lift without a member of staff.

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