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Visitor information

Visitor, SCONUL and Alumni access to NTU Library has been temporarily suspended due to reduced staffing levels. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Brackenhurst library

Day VisitorsReference

  • Day Visitor status entitles you to visit NTU Library for up to 12 days during an academic year.

Associate MemberReference

  • Costs £25 per year.
  • There is no limit on the number of visits.

Associate MemberBorrowing

  • Costs £50 per year.
  • You may loan up to four print items at any time.
  • There is no limit on the number of visits.

How to apply

  • Applications can be made by people aged 16 and over.
  • When applying you must provide photographic identification, proof of address and proof of date of birth, please see table below for examples of acceptable identification.



Date of birth


Driving licence


National ID card

Bank statement (last three months)

National ID card

Driving licence

Utility bill (last three months)

Driving licence

NUS / uni / college card

Government or university letter

Birth certificate

Work ID


Bus pass


Gym membership


Please note that:

  • Visiting users are permitted access to NTU Library facilities only during full service hours, please contact the Library for more information.
  • You are required to treat library staff, other users, and library facilities with respect and courtesy, and to comply with requests or instructions from staff.
  • If accompanied by a child under the age of 16 you are responsible for supervising their behaviour at all times during the visit.
  • If you are aged 16-18 you will need to have your visitor application form countersigned by your parent / guardian / school.
  • Visiting users are not authorised to use NTU PCs, even if another user makes their logon details known to you.

Visitors accompanied by NTU staff or students

NTU staff or students who wish to bring in visitors or groups should notify us in advance. Otherwise, visitors will need to complete the process stated above.

If you would like to bring your children into the Library, please talk to staff on the reception desk who will be happy to help, although we maintain the right to refuse entry if appropriate. Children must be supervised at all times during their visit.

Staff and students from other UK universities

As a member of another university library, you may be eligible for external membership under a reciprocal scheme, such as SCONUL Access or Vacation Access. Please enquire at your own university library for details.

When you become a member, we will issue you with a swipe card. This allows you access to NTU Library during full service hours. Please bring it with you on each visit.

If you are not eligible to become an external member, you will be able to sign in as a library visitor instead (see above).

NTU Alumni

The library welcomes NTU Alumni to continue using the library after graduation. A range of services are available for you to use. You are entitled to:

  • loan up to four print items at any time
  • access the library as many times as you wish during full service hours, please contact us for more information.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to use our electronic resources unless you visit us in person, in which case some online resources can be made available.

Access is free of charge as the usual membership fee is waived for alumni.

Library access is one of the many benefits available to you as a member of the NTU Alumni Association. If you haven't done so already, take a look at the other benefits that are available to you.

Electronic resources available to visitors

The license agreements for the majority of our electronic resources mean that they can only be accessed by Nottingham Trent University staff, students and researchers. There are some, however, that can be accessed by visitors.


Before visiting please check:

  • the opening hours of the library you wish to visit, please note, visitor access is only available during full service hours
  • visitor access ID requirements.

Access to the electronic resources will be via a wireless laptop. The laptop is locked down and will restrict browsing to the electronic resources which can be accessed by visitors. No printing will be available, but you will be able to copy data into notepad and save to a USB.

If you require any further information please contact us.


Below are the electronic resources available to visitors:

  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers
  • ACS (American Chemical Society) publications
  • a-n (The Artists Information Company)
  • British Film Institute (BFI)
  • InView Brill - See JISC Journals Archive
  • CIS (Construction Information Service)
  • Creative Club
  • FAME
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 18th Century
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 19th Century
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 20th Century
  • ICE Virtual Library
  • JISC Historic Books
  • JISC Journals Archive
  • JISC MediaHub
  • LION (Literature Online)
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) journals
  • The Times Digital Archive
  • UK Press Online
  • Web of Science
  • Wiley Online Library - Journals.

A full description of the content is available from JISC Collections. Copy and paste a title from the table above into the site search box, select a result and click on the 'full description' tab for a complete analysis of the content.

If we do not have the electronic resource that you need you could ask the Librarians at your local public library (or home institution if you are a student elsewhere) to see if they are able to arrange access.

Still need help?

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