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

The Library is open to visitors from 07:00-19:00 every day. Outside of these hours access to the Library is via campus card only. Visitors will be asked to sign-in at the staffed Reception Desk to access the Library building. The Reception Desk is staffed at all times. 

The in-person Library Helpdesk is open from 09:00-18:00 Monday-Friday, and our live chat service is open 11:00-18:00 Saturday and Sunday. 

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. 

Blue badge parking is available on street level, and the nearby lift in the Lecture Theatre building can be used to access walkway level and Library entrance. 

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. We can assist users 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.

We have a self-guided tour of the Library that you can use whilst you move around the building  and detailed floor plans

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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.

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. 

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 it physically. Payment for applications should be made by payment card when you come to collect your campus card. We cannot accept payment by cash or cheque.

UEA Library membership form - PDF

UEA Library membership form - Word 


If you have received a ‘voucher of welcome’ we are very pleased to welcome you to UEA Library and extend our membership to you for free for one year. Please complete the form below and send to us along with your voucher, or simply bring your voucher to the Library Helpdesk during opening hours. Proof of address is not required. 


UEA Library membership form - PDF

UEA Library membership form - Word 

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.

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:

UEA Library membership form - PDF

UEA Library 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 it physically. 

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. 

Eligible staff from the following institutions can apply for membership of UEA Library:

•    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)

In order to access the library and use our self-service facilities, you must apply for a campus card by completing our membership form. Please  follow the instructions on the form to submit your application.

UEA Library membership form - PDF

UEA Library membership form - Word 


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.

UEA Library membership form - PDF

UEA Library membership form - Word 


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

We do have a limited range of resources available via ‘walk-in’ access. CCN students and visitors are able to access these resources from within the Library building.

For CCN students and staff, please login to any PC in the UEA Library, and then use the walk-in e-resource list below to select and use the resource you need.

Visitors may request a 'visitor IT login' in person from the Library Helpdesk between 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday, and 11:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday. In order to be given a login, you will be asked to complete a form which records your identity and that you agree to the UEA Conditions of Computer Use. You must provide us with photographic ID - we will accept a Passport, Driving Licence or National ID card for this purpose. Proof of address will not be required but you will need to tell us your full address including postcode. 

Once you have been issued with a login you will be able to use one of our dedicated visitor PCs located on Floor 0, and you can access our walk-in resources from the list below. Please remember this service is for academic access to our walk-in e-resources only and not intended for recreational use. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and is intended for use during visitor access hours only which are 07:00-19:00 daily.

Walk-in e-resource list


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.

Some journals included in UEA Library Search may indicate that they are stored in our Research Reserve. You can request these to consult in the Main Library – you cannot borrow these items. Please use this form to make your request:

Request a journal

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.