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Borrowing and Requesting: Community Borrowers and Visitors

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What do we offer?

We offer a range of services to the wider public (18+), alumni, retired staff and students from other universities. This includes borrowing schemes, access to some of our e-resources via walk-in access, access to our spaces and access to guest Wi-Fi.

    Reference-only access

    You can visit either of our campus libraries during our opening hours for reference only access to our collections and spaces.

    Access to Wi-Fi

    If you need Wi-Fi access while visiting, you can use your own device to connect to our Guest Wi-Fi. The Eduroam network is also available to visitors from other universities which use this network. Visit the IT Helpdesk for more information.

    Access to online resources (Walk-in Access)

    Some of our electronic resources are available to members of the public for educational purposes. This is called Walk-in Access and is only available on specific PCs and on campus. You must register each day to obtain access. If you need this, please call in to either Learning Centre to complete a registration form on each day that you need access. You can see a list e-resources available to you in the
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Interested in joining?

Please complete your application online or come and visit us at either campus during our staffed opening hours. See you soon!

Types of membership available

Community borrowers*  Sconul Access  Reciprocal Access 
Members of the public aged 18+ can borrow up to two items, membership is free and lasts for 1 calendar year, Proof of identity and current address need to be seen before borrowing items.   Membership for Staff and students from other universities who have joined the Sconul Access scheme (See also Reciprocal Access right). Depending on the type of Sconul access issued members may have Reference only access (Band R) or borrow up to five items, Bands A, B & C).  A copy of the email confirmation from Sconul is needed prior to membership being issued.  Full time undergraduates from Cardiff University, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama or University of South Wales can borrow up to two items.  
Alumni and retired staff can borrow up to five items, membership is free and lasts for 1 calendar year, your former Cardiff Met ID and proof of current address also need to be seen before borrowing items.      Membership is free and lasts for an academic year only (1st October – 31st May.) 
Local organisations can also join for a fee of £100 per annum. This allows up to ten items to be borrowed. A letter of introduction from the organisation on headed paper/email plus the name of contact with matching ID is needed.      Students who are interested must contact their home university library before joining.
*Cardiff Met Libraries retain the right to amend and/or withdraw these schemes at any time