While our primary aim is to support students and staff of the University in their study and research, we are also pleased to provide some Library access to members of the local community.

Before you come to the Library, read the relevant section below to get the most out of your visit.

Information for
current UEA staff and students

UEA Library is located at the heart of the University of East Anglia Campus.

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 Information about travel to campus page. 

Visitors can access the Library between 7.00am-7.00pm only. Outside of those hours access to the Library is via campus card only. Visitors will be asked to sign-in to access the Library building, using your name and contact telephone number. If you do not wish to provide these details please be aware that you will require photo ID to enter the Library. 

We are unable to offer visitor PC access at this time. UEA Library no longer subscribes to print newspapers. 

Blue badge parking is available on street level, and the nearby lift in the Lecture Theatre building can be used to access walkway level. Once on the walkway level, the entrance to the Library Floor 0 is opposite the main Lecture Theatre doors. Please be aware that access to the Lecture Theatre lift is via campus card swipe so you will need your campus card with you. 

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. Please note we can currently assist you 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 only.

Face coverings are no longer required in University buildings, but we know some users may wish to continue to wear them. Please be respectful of an individuals' choice in this matter. 

Please remain respectful of any user's desire for social distance. Wipes and sanitiser remain for you to use throughout the Library and we advise everyone to continue to practice good hand hygiene. Good ventilation when indoors also helps minimise risk of transmission, so please keep windows open where possible.

Although the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 will be removed from Thursday 24 February, the University strongly recommends that anyone who tests positive should stay at home for at least five days after a positive test. This is in line with Government guidance. 

If you have a negative test result but are feeling unwell, we ask you to be considerate to others and exercise personal responsibility about coming in to the Library.

The SCONUL Access scheme reopened from Monday 15 November 2021, for participating libraries. UEA now accepts new SCONUL Access applications, however please be aware that other libraries in the UK may not yet be in a position to reopen the scheme, so it’s important to check with each individual library what they are able to offer at this time.

Existing SCONUL users with a valid card should continue to use UEA Library until their expiry date, before reapplying for the scheme.

All new and expired SCONUL users must reapply to use the scheme.

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:

External and Access ony 
membership form - PDF

External and Access only
membership form - Word 

Please complete the form online and email your completed form to ustl.lib@uea.ac.uk. 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 in person. 

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. 

About the SCONUL Access Scheme

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.

For further information about the scheme please read the SCONUL Access student FAQ.

If you are a student or member of staff teaching or studying on a UEA award-bearing course at City College Norwich, you will be able to use the resources and facilities at UEA Library to support your studies/teaching.

You will need a UEA campus card in order to access the Library, and you can apply for this by speaking to staff at your College Library.

Students on a UEA award bearing course at City College Norwich are also entitled to access to our walk-in e-resources. Simply login to any PC in the UEA Library, and then use the walk-in e-resource list to select and use the resource you need.

Walk-in e-resource list

Eligible staff from the following institutions can apply for membership of UEA Library. In order to access the library and use our self-service facilities, you must apply for a campus card by completing a V3 application form. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit your application.

  • 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)

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.External and Access only
membership form - PDF

External and Access only
membership form - Word 

While our primary aim is to support students and staff of the University in their study and research, we are also pleased to provide some Library access to members of the local community.

To apply for new membership, or to renew an existing membership, please download and complete the form below. Please complete the form electronically and email your completed form to ustl.lib@uea.ac.uk. We accept electronic signatures so there is no need to print the form in order to sign in person. Payment for applications should be made by card. We cannot accept payment by cash or cheque.

External and Access only
membership form - PDF

External and Access only
membership form - Word 

About the external borrower and access only scheme

We are pleased to be able to offer external membership to UEA Library, which includes borrowing up to 10 items at a time, for a fee of £50 a year. The membership also provides you with a campus card which permits entry to the Library building 24/7. For full terms and conditions please read the application form carefully.

If you wish to purchase access only membership, this is possible for just £10 a year. This fee covers the cost of printing you a campus card which permits entry to the Library building 24/7. It will not entitle you to borrow items from UEA Library. For full terms and conditions please read the application form carefully.

While our primary aim is to support students and staff of the University in their study and research, we are also normally pleased to provide reference access to the building and collections for members of the local community.

Visitors can access the Library between 7.00am-7.00pm only. You will be asked to sign-in to access the Library building, using your name and contact telephone number. If you do not wish to provide these details please be aware that you will require photo ID to enter the Library.  

We are unable to offer visitor PC access at this time. UEA Library no longer subscribes to print newspapers. 

Access to our e-resources such as electronic journals is limited by the terms of our licences to registered staff and students of the University with UEA username and password.

Our 'Visitor Access Service' normally provides visitors to UEA Library access to a limited range of electronic resources, dependent on the terms of our licensing agreements.

We regret that this service is currently not available. We will update this page when we are able to reinstate this service.

 

Do you know about the Access to Research Service available 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.

Pre-1980 science journals and all pre-1975 non-science journals, plus closed runs of journals in all subject areas have been our off-site store. There are some exceptions to this broad division, particularly in non-science subjects.

HOW DO I KNOW IF A JOURNAL WILL BE IN THE LIBRARY RESEARCH RESERVE?

All journals held in the Library Research Reserve are included in UEA Library Search and it is clearly indicated which volumes are in the Library Research Reserve and which are in the Main Library.

HOW DO I REQUEST JOURNAL VOLUMES THAT I WISH TO CONSULT?

Journal volumes held in the Library Research Reserve can be requested to consult in the Main Library (Reference only). Please request items by filling in the form below.

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 that’s fine.  Just 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.

Request a journal