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The University of Bolton Library



Following the most recent changes to government guidance for Higher Education, we are now able to welcome visitors to the University campus again. 

Details of our various access schemes for visitors are below. These schemes do not provide access to the Library's online resources at present. 

If you have any questions then please Contact Us


The SCONUL Access scheme has recently been restarted after restrictions due to COVID.

If you are wanting to visit the University from another institution and you have successfully applied to the SCONUL Access scheme you will need to bring your confirmation email and current student card to the Library Helpdesk so we can create an account for you.

We cannot accept any applications without both the email and ID. We recommend that you visit between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. 

SCONUL Access users are unable to access our online library resources, or make use of our computing facilities. Borrowing may be available depending on your band of SCONUL membership. 

Quilters' Guild Membership

The University Library holds some of the stock of the Quilters' Guild Library, so University of Bolton Library membership is available to Quilters' Guild members free of charge. 

For more on the the Quilters Guild Collection see our Special Collections.

U3A Membership

The University has a memorandum of understanding with Bolton University of the Third Age (U3A). This entitles U3A members to reference access to the University Library.

U3A members are unable to access our online library resources, or make use of our computing facilities.

External Membership

In addition, the Library offers a paid External Membership scheme. External membership is available to those aged 18 or over at a cost of £50 per annum.

Membership expires annually but may be renewed, if your account is in good standing, on receipt of a new application form, proof of current address and a new subscription. The Library reserves the right to refuse applications for external membership.

The Library will provide access to:

  • books and audio-visual material 
  • 3 week loans
  • max. 5 items 
  • renewals and reservations 
  • print reference material 
  • print journals
  • photocopying facilities 
  • open access and quiet study space

Access to computing facilities, electronic resources and group study rooms is not permitted. Users must observe relevant regulations that apply to studying in the Library and are responsible for any fines or replacement costs incurred. Your card can be withdrawn if you infringe the rules.