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Hartley Library: Visitors

Hartley services for visitors

Recognising the strong links between the University and the local community, members of the public are welcome to visit and use the University Library free of charge on a reference basis. As well as extensive collections of books and journals the library hosts a number of exhibitions through the year and has a number of interesting architectural features.

Visitors are welcome to make use of any of the books and journals available in the library. You can check Library Search (the library catalogue) to locate the items you need.

Access to some maps is only available with staff supervision. Contact the map team to arrange an appointment. 

Visitor - What you need to know

Visitor - What you need to know

Hartley Library operates a card entry system and visitors will be asked to sign in and provide photographic proof of ID. You will be provided with a day pass which you must wear while in the library and  return at the end of your visit.

We ask that all visitors and external users vacate the building by 10pm and no new visitors will be signed in between 10pm-7.30am.  Details of our opening times can be found here.

Some facilities at Hartley are only for use by students of the University. This includes group study rooms, the laptop loan service and equipment loans.

I.T. services at Hartley

Visitor Wifi

Hartley library has guest wifi serviced by The Cloud.  If you are not already registered, when you choose the wifi signal 'WiFi Guest' you will be taken to the registration page to sign up.  Use of this wifi will not provide visitor access to e-resources and databases, the Walk In Access service must be used for this.  


Visitors wishing to make photocopies of items can create a guest account online using and add credit using this webpage.  Library staff will be happy to help you if you need assistance.  Isolutions advice on setting up your guest account is Included below How to set up your guest account. 


There are no printing services available to visitors at Hartley Library, including all registered external users

Visiting if you are....

Please check the Visitors - What you need to know  section for general information on accessing Hartley Library, including the ID  you need to bring with you.

You should also be aware of the additional information below related to specific groups.

Under 18

Under 18’s are not permitted mini cards (Reader cards) and must register with the library information desk on a daily basis.

Please be prepared to show photographic ID and / or proof of age if asked.

There is no access to under 18s to e-journals and e-books. (E-resource walk in access)

Under 16

Under 16’s are not permitted to use the library unless:

  • they are on an organised visit with their school.
  • they are accompanied by either their parent or guardian, or an adult over the age of 21.

Member of another University (SCONUL Access)

Staff and academics from other Universities can visit using the SCONUL Access scheme.  

The scheme has its own website which visitors should have already used prior visiting, filled out the online application and received an approval email from their home institution.  The email is used along with a current University ID card or library card as proof to join the visiting library on the first visit. 

School group visits 
School groups are welcome to visit the library and the wider campus by arranging a school or college group visit with the Schools Liaison Team 

Access to Special Collections

The Special Collections Division is situated on Level 4 of the Hartley Library at the University's Highfield site. There are two main areas:

  • Special Collections Open Access area, housing the more modern printed material. This includes the Parkes Library collection and the Archive and Manuscripts. 
  • The Rare Books reading room which is where the manuscript and rare book material is consulted.