Code of conduct - use of University of Bedfordshire Libraries

The University has a code of conduct which applies equally to Visitors as it does to its own students and staff

The University Library has its own Code of Conduct and all Visitors are expected to be familiar with it and abide by it. Sanctions are at the bottom of this page.

Walk In Access arrangements for electronic resources

By registering as a Visitor of the University of Bedfordshire's Library you may have walk-in access to a limited range of digital resources via your own mobile device eg phone or laptop. This is available on Campus only. If you use Walk In access privileges you are agreeing to comply with the conditions set out below. If you have any further questions about copyright or the license conditions in place for specific digital resources, please consult a member of Library staff.    

All of the University's digital resources are protected by copyright law. You are responsible for complying with any restrictions on the available digital resources that you access.

Please check this list for the digital materials that are available for Walk In access.

You agree to:

  • Carry the UoB Library ID that has been issued to you at all times and swipe in with it to access Learning Resources facilities
  • Show your ID to staff or Security if asked
  • Take care at the edges of the atriums and light wells in our libraries. Do not balance any items of the ledges.
  • Terms and conditions laid out here, as well as those detailed in the University's Network Acceptable Use Policy when using Guest WiFi, in other words will not:
    • create, transmit or deliberately receive (other than for properly supervised and lawful research purposes) any offensive, obscene, extremist material or indecent images (including pseudo images), data or other material, or any data capable of being resolved into obscene, unlawful or indecent images or material;
    • create or transmit material which causes, or is likely to cause annoyance, revulsion or needless anxiety to the University, its staff, students, visitors or any third party;
    • creation or transmission of defamatory abusive or other unlawful material in respect of the University, its staff, students, visitors or any third party;
    • transmit any material in such manner that it infringes the copyright of the University, another person or organisation or which discloses confidential or sensitive information or data relating to the University, its staff, students, visitors or any third party;
    • transmit any unsolicited commercial or advertising material;
  • Customers must be 18 or over (or have school membership)

You can:

  • Access a range of the University's digital resources from your own personal laptop/tablet/notebook.
  • Use digital resources for educational purposes (e.g., personal study or research).
  • Save articles, images or other content onto a portable storage device such as a USB stick, and email content to yourself - subject to copyright restrictions.

You cannot:

  • Use any of the student PCs or MACs
  • Use the room bookings or laptop loans
  • Use Milton Keynes or Aylesbury campus facilities
  • Use any of the content retrieved from the University's digital resources for commercial activities.
  • Share the usernames or passwords provided to you by the University with anyone else.
  • Access any other parts of the University except the University campus Library.
  • Share any materials retrieved from the University's digital resources with anyone, whether in print or digital format
  • Use the network for unauthorised purposes. For more detail, refer to the JANET Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Access, transmit, store, print, promote or display offensive, obscene and indecent material, defamatory materials or materials likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Guidelines and policies are in place to help library visitors, but it does not confer any rights, since admission to libraries is always at the discretion of the University of Bedfordshire. Library visitors who abuse their membership privileges could lose library membership and SCONUL Access members would also be subject to sanctions in their home institution.


Currently the Walk in Access service is available at Luton Library and Bedford Library via guest wifi on your own personal portable device. Please check staffed opening hours before you visit.

Please contact your chosen Campus in advance of your visit to check the availability of the service and to ensure that we have the resources you require. 

Please note that access to the service may be restricted at busy times and is provided on a strict 'first come first served' basis during staffed hours.


Fines will be applied to the late return of any loan time

3 Strikes

If you are in breech of the Code of Conduct the 3 strikes sanction process is:

  • 1st strike - one week entry ban
  • 2 strikes - two weeks entry ban
  • 3 strikes - three weeks entry ban and you will not be considered for future Visitor membership
  • 4th strike - membership revoked and you will not be considered for future Visitor membership

Depending on the breech 1st, 2nd or 3rd strike may be applied depending on the severity of the offense. Where applicable your home institution may be notified and in the case of Sconul Access we will notify the scheme.

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