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

Plan your visit

 

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. At present we continue to support NHS Test and Trace, and will release data on entrants to the Library to NHS Test and Trace if requested.

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.

Covid-19 changes

 

Face coverings

UEA has tightened the restrictions on face coverings because of the new COVID variant, named Omicron. From Monday 29 November, face coverings should be worn in any internal setting across the University. Please ensure you wear a face covering at all times when you are in the Library, even when you are seated. Remember to carry your reusable face covering with you at all times.

UEA staff members may politely remind you to wear a face covering if you are not wearing one. You do not need to wear a face covering if you are exempt. If you are asked about wearing a face covering please simply tell the enquirer you are exempt.

To help keep all UEA Library users and staff safe please:

  • Remain vigilant in washing your hands and wiping shared surfaces before and after use. You can wipe books with plastic covers as well.
  • Minimise social contact as much as possible, so please be respectful of distance and be mindful that many individuals may still want to keep distance from others.
  • Good ventilation when indoors helps minimise risk of transmission, so please keep windows open where possible.
  • You must still report COVID symptoms and self-isolate following government guidance. Please do not come into UEA Library if you are unwell or symptomatic.

SCONUL access

 

The SCONUL Access scheme reopens from Monday 15 November 2021, for participating libraries. UEA will accept new SCONUL Access applications from this date, 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 may 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.

Please be patient while we process applications. As the scheme has been suspended since March 2020 we do expect a high volume of applications, and it may take up to 4 weeks to process applications received. Please note the SCONUL Office cannot assist in speeding up applications for the scheme. 

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.

Access for students and staff at partner colleges

 

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

Access for NHS Trust Staff

 

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)

Access For NBI Partnership Members

 

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 

External Borrower Access

 

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.

We are pleased to be able to reopen this scheme from 15 November 2021. From this date we will accept applications to renew an existing membership, or make a new one. Both processes use the same form, which you can download below. Please complete the form online 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.

External and Access only
membership form - PDF

External and Access only
membership form - Word 

External users with a current valid campus card are still able to enter and use UEA Library.

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.

Reference access to the building and collections

 

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. At present we continue to support NHS Test and Trace, and will release data on entrants to the Library to NHS Test and Trace if requested. 

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

Visitor access to Electronic Resources

 

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 due to Covid-19 restrictions 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.

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