Categories of Membership

SERVICE NOTICE:Due to the current exceptional circumstances a part of the University of Bedfordshire’s return to campus includes limiting the number of Library Visitors. University of Bedfordshire is only accepting applications for the Sconul Access scheme and from Alumni. Please monitor this page to see when this will be lifted.

All visitor applications are made via an online form. You are advised to use Chrome of Firefox to complete this process

Please note that due to volume of demand processing may take up to 15 working days. Please be patient. Visitor enquiries will only be dealt with in person at ground floor Customer Service desk/reception 10.00 - 14.00 weekdays. We do not give status reports on application progress by phone or email. Please check staffed hours before visiting one of our libraries. No membership card means no access.

At peak periods we will suspend processing new applications; these include Christmas, Easter, Bank Holidays and around main University exam times.


Applications via the SCONUL Access scheme are accepted from 15 November 2021.

First you will need to complete this online form

Once you receive your SCONUL Access authorisation email, you can apply for a visitor pass. You will need to provide a passport style photograph and proof of address when you fill in our online application form. Allow 10 working days for us to make up your membership card. There are no IDs available on demand. SCONUL Access visitors may not use student PCs or MACs.


Services to Alumni are open from 10 January 2022. Online application process

Always bring your membership card to swipe through the barriers.

As a graduate of the University of Bedfordshire you are welcome to apply for membership of Learning Resources and Service Excellence. This applies to UK based Alumni as our membership offer is based on physical access to the study space and print resources. This membership offer applies to Bedford Library and Luton Library only. There is no remote access to digital resources for UK or overseas alumni.

Keep your contact details up to date with the University

To be eligible for membership University of Bedfordshire graduates need to be in good standing with the library i.e. no outstanding loans/fines/bills/Written Warnings. Membership cards are valid for 3 years.

  • Alumni Reference Membership is Free - no loans
  • Alumni Associate Membership – which allows borrowing - is £35 per annum
  • You may use the Guest WiFi network on your own laptop/tablet
  • You may not use student PCs or MACs
  • You will not have access to any of your old University IT accounts or to the Digital Library
  • You will not be able to print
  • By using our services you agree to us storing and processing your data

Apply via our online application form


We normally welcome visitors to Learning Resources and Service Excellence. Our service priorities are to University of Bedfordshire students during the pandemic. The arrangements available to visitors under the following schemes are suspended until further notice. 


Services to Visitors are currently suspended, please check the website regularly for up dates.

Always bring your membership card to swipe through the barriers.

  • Use of study space in the library
  • Use of the print materials on the shelves
  • Eduroam access to home institution resources or walk-in customer access to networked resources via WiFi network on personal mobile device. The range of available resources is less than the University's full subscription base as it is limited by licensing requirement.
  • Reference membership does not allow any loans.
  • Visitors may not use student PCs or MACs and will not be able to print

Valid for 12 months. This membership offer applies to Bedford Library and Luton Library only

Replacement card charge of £11

Charge (if applicable): £30 Concessions £15 ie senior citizen, unemployed, student. Proof of eligibility required

Free Categories: Local LEA FE college students, Bedfordshire LEA teachers, University of Bedfordshire Alumni, VIPs, Residents' Groups, Short Courses, Sconul Access Band R(Reference). local LEA school pupils (year 12/13) applications from years 12/13 processed up to 31 May only all year 12/13 memberships expire 31 July each year.


Services to Visitors Associate use are currently suspended, please check the website regularly for up dates.

Always bring your membership card to swipe through the barriers.

  • Use of study space in the library
  • Use of the print materials on the shelves
  • Loans: Up to 4 loans from the standard or 7-day loan stock (ie not overnight loans, audio-visual or Teaching Practice collection items)
  • Reservations: 2 University of Bedfordshire reservations at a time.
  • Document Supply: Inter library loans may be requested at cost (to be advised)
  • Eduroam access to home institution resources or walk-in customer access to networked resources via WiFi network on own personal device (laptop/tablet). The range of available resources is less than the University's full subscription base as it is limited by licensing requirement.
  • Visitors may not use student PCs or MACs and will not be able to print

Valid for 12 months. This membership offer applies to Bedford Library and Luton Library only.

Replacement card charge of £11

Charge (if applicable): £65. Alumni and retired members of staff £35

Free Categories: Public Library Referrals. Mediated access via security or LRSE staff by local arrangement. Retired ex-members of University of Bedfordshire staff. Visiting academic staff. Bedfordshire LEA teachers. Sconul Access Bands A, B & C Partner institution validated students.


The University of Bedfordshire does not operate the Sconul Vacation scheme. Students from other institutions are directed to apply for Sconul Access membership due to swipe access at Luton Campus Library and Bedford Campus Library. There is no access without a Visitors Membership card.

Check our opening hours

Walk in access only, for students from institutions that do not support Eduroam. Reference access to print stock.


Services to Single access visits are currently suspended, please check the website regularly for up dates.

This category of membership is for one-off visits by appointment or for VIP visitors only. It is not available on demand. It allows individuals to visit the library, meet with staff (usually by appointment) and have one-off access to use the print materials in stock.

  • Walk in user access to available networked resources is via WiFi network or kiosk PCs. The range of available resources is less than the University's full subscription base as it is limited by licensing requirement.
  • Single Access does not allow any loans.
  • Access will be mediated by security or by library staff; local arrangements vary on each site so please contact us in advance of your visit

    Valid until the end of staffed hours on that day.
    There is no charge for this category of access.

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