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Library Services

Information for: Visitors and Alumni

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What do we offer?

Our libraries are open to a diverse range of individuals, including members of the public who are 18 years or over, alumni and students and staff from other universities.

Reference-only access

Anyone can visit Cyncoed or Llandaff library during our staffed opening hours to use our study spaces and browse the resources on our shelves and use them for reference. You can search our library catalogue MetSearch from home, or from the Library Catalogue PCs on each floor of the Library.

To borrow books, you need to become an external member of the library.

Access to Wi-Fi

While visiting, you can connect your own device to our Guest Wi-Fi network. Visitors from other universities that use the Eduroam network can also access it on our campuses.

Access to online resources (Walk-in Access)

The Walk-in Access scheme allows Community Borrowers, SCONUL users, and visitors to access a variety of electronic resources.

To view the available resources, please visit Cardiff Met's Databases A-Z and review the Permitted Users for the desired database.

The resources can only be accessed on designated computer terminals in the Library. Remote access is not permitted due to the license terms with our providers.

The scheme is available at both Cyncoed and Llandaff Libraries during our staffed opening hours. Each time you use the service, you'll need to sign and agree to the Walk-in Access Terms and Conditions and provide proof of identity.

Acceptable forms of identification:

  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • SCONUL Access confirmation email & home institution card
  • Photo ID card from home institution (FE students)
  • Utility bill
  • Bank Card

We recommend contacting us in advance to confirm the availability of the service.

Printing and photocopying

All registered external members can request a printing/photocopying account. Ask Library staff for more information.

Borrowing and memberships

You can borrow books and DVDs if you’ve registered as an external member.

All our memberships are free of change.

To register as an external member, choose one of our memberships.

External Memberships

Community Borrower Membership

Community membership allows alumni and members of the public who are 18 years or over to borrow up to five items at any one time, lasts for a calendar year and can be renewed.

How do I register?

Reciprocal Membership

Undergraduate students from Cardiff University, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the University of South Wales can join our libraries for one academic year. The membership expires on 31st May each year and can be renewed.

Reciprocal membership allows you to borrow up to five items at any one time.

How do I register?

SCONUL Access Membership

Students, staff and researchers from UK higher education institutions that are members of the SCONUL Access Scheme can join our library for the duration of their study or research.

Users assigned Band A, B or C can borrow up to five items at any one time. Users assigned Band R can use the library for reference purposes only.

Visit the SCONUL website for more information about the scheme.

How do I register?