The university libraries are open to members of the University and the wider community. Flexible, varied and supportive learning services are available through libraries at both Park and Avenue campuses and through online environments.
All visitors who wish to use the libraries for reference purposes can visit or join as an associate member. Associate membership is available at an annual rate of £60 (£30 if for former students and staff of the University of Northampton, further discounted rates may apply). All associate memberships allow the loan entitlement of up to 5 normal or week loan items (books, DVDs or VHS tapes). Unfortunately, equipment, laptops, short loan and school experience items are not available for loan to associate members.
To apply, please return a completed associate membership application form and return by post or in person, membership cards can either be collected or posted.
All associate membership is subject to abiding by the library rules and regulations.
Short term membership
Short term free associate membership (3 months) is available to applicants of the University to courses of study and who are required to produce an assignment or similar activities prior to enrolment. This is available as a 'one time only' application (a member of staff in the university will be required as a guarantor for an application). To apply, complete and return an associate membership short term application form.
The University of Northampton Library participates in the Sconul Access Scheme. Please contact your home library to discuss details of how to join. If you qualify for borrowing rights under the scheme, you can apply to become an associate member of the University of Northampton library. To apply, bring a completed associate membership Sconul application form with you on your first visit, along with passport photograph, your University ID card and Sconul access card or email confirmation. We will then provide a membership card for you (please be aware that your card can only be issued during library staffed hours).
Schools and colleges
School students can apply for a one year free Associate Membership, allowing them to borrow up to 5 books (normal or week loan), or DVDs. Students must complete a school membership application form which will require a counter signature by a member of staff from their school. Once completed, the form will need to be returned along with a passport sized photograph, either by post or in person at either of our libraries. Under 16's will need to be accompanied by an adult during all visits. Due to licensing restrictions, school students cannot access photocopying and the university's online resources.
Visit the library
Teachers and librarians from local schools are welcome to bring their pupils to visit The University of Northampton’s libraries and may book the following session:
Researching your topic
Available all year round except September and October (and subject to staff and room availability). Duration: 60-90 minutes approx. Maximum number of pupils: 20. Minimum number of pupils: no minimum.
- Guided tour
- Introduction to the library’s print collections via the library catalogue
- Smart searching in Google
- Introduction to free resources on the Skills Hub
- Google Scholar
- Access to Research
To book this session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would prefer a more in depth and tailored session covering the above but with the addition of introductions to referencing, critical thinking and resource evaluation, for example, then please contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements. Please note that such sessions are only available during the Summer Term.
Please note: Due to licence restrictions, pupils will not be able to access The University of Northampton’s electronic resources (such as online journals and electronic books), nor will they be able to make use of our photocopiers/printers.