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The University of Bolton Library



We are currently unable to welcome visitors to the Library due to COVID restrictions. Please see the main University COVID updates page for details.

This includes students from other SCONUL institutions. Please see the SCONUL website for the latest updates regarding the SCONUL scheme. 

We hope to resume visitor access again at a point in the future. Details of our various access schemes for visitors under normal operations are below. If you have any questions then please Contact Us


The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from other institutions cannot currently use the University of Bolton Library.

Students from the University of Bolton will also not be able to use other academic libraries. This page will be updated as soon as SCONUL Access is available again. 

Bolton Libraries Access Group (BLAG)

Bolton Libraries Access Group (BLAG) agreements entitle members of Bolton Sixth Formssixth form students at Bolton UTC, members of the Bolton Health and Social Care Community and Bolton Public Library users to use the facilities available in the Library at the University of Bolton.

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. 

  1. Quilters' Guild Library application form[PDF] 
  2. Library leaflet for Quilters' Guild users[PDF]

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.

  1. U3A Library Application form[PDF]
  2. Library leaflet for U3A members[PDF]