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Library Services

Welcome to UCLan Library Services, visitors are welcome to visit our Preston Campus library. You will find details of how to plan your visit on this page.

External membership

Visitors are welcome to use UCLan library (Preston Campus), and to consult library collections subject to showing the appropriate forms of identification at the reception desk. The different types of visitor access and forms of identification are outlined below.

Please note the use of the library is subject to university rules and regulations and is for educational purposes only. You may be asked to provide contact details for the duration of your visit. Visitor entry into the library for all categories of visitor is available from 9.00 am to 9.00pm, 7 days a week.

Please note that visitors (except Alumni) will not usually be able to access the library from April until early June. This is to allow maximum space for our students during the examination period. We will not be processing new SCONUL applications during this time.

If you require any further details on external membership please contact us on 01772 895355

UCLan Alumni Network members may access the library free of charge and borrow up to four books. However, use of computers and access to e-resources is not available, due to licensing restrictions. 

Please visit the Customer Service desk, on the ground floor of the library, to get your free library card.

Alumni will need to provide additional photographic ID (passport or driving licence) and proof of address (bank statement or utility bill) to be issued with a library card.

Membership is available for students and staff at other Universities and University Colleges. Access is not permitted for 6th Form or Further Education Colleges.

To register, you must bring the following:

  • SCONUL Access
    ID card plus current University library card bearing a photo. If the card does not have a photo, a second form of photographic ID is required. Please also bring your email authorisation from your home institution as proof of acceptance. SCONUL users are only permitted access to Preston Campus Library.
  • Academic Libraries North (ALN, formerly known as NoWAL)
    Staff and students from member institutions are entitled to reference-only access via application to SCONUL Access via their home institution.

Reciprocal Access Agreement

The agreement allows any current undergraduate student of the University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria to join either of the other two university libraries with borrowing rights for just £20 per year. Postgraduate students, staff and undergraduates on distance learning courses can join and borrow free of charge under the SCONUL Access scheme.

If you are a student of Lancaster University or the University of Cumbria please email the team . You will have access to borrow up to 4 items.

If you are a current UCLan undergraduate student, please visit the website of the university library you wish to join for details on how you register and what access you will be eligible for.

National Health Service Trust (acute, primary care, ambulance) members must bring the following:

  • NHS Trust ID badge bearing a photo

Students and staff from the Open University must bring one of the following:

  • OU library card
  • OUSA (OU Students Union) card
  • Letter from OU or tutor on Open University notepaper
  • Registration form confirming enrolled

Plus one other form of photographic ID (not required if library card bears photo)

Public library members (adults only, not junior library members) must bring all of the following:

  • Public library membership card
  • One other form of current photographic ID
  • Proof of date of birth (if this is not on the photographic ID)

If you wish to visit, but do not fit into any of the categories above, please contact us at least 2 working days in advance of your visit. You will be asked for proof of identity when you arrive at the Library. Please bring 2 forms of ID; one photographic and one with details of your current address.

Acceptable forms of photographic id include:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence photo-card
  • Work id badge bearing a photo

Acceptable forms of id for your current address include:

  • Recent bank statement
  • Utility bill

You will be asked to sign in the visitor’s book when you arrive.

Please contact the Library on for details of external membership.

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Special Collections

The Special Collections of the University of Central Lancashire Library contain a large number of books, documents, and historical resources of both national and international importance.

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