The Library mission is to provide support for the teaching, learning and research conducted at Brunel University. In support of the University's commitment to the community the Library provides access and some services for members of the public.
If you would like information about the resources and services offered by your local public library, you may like to visit the Hillingdon Public Libraries website.
Members of the local community are welcome to apply to use the Library for reference, to consult material that may be difficult to obtain elsewhere.
You will be able to use material on the shelves including books, journals and reference material. However, you will not be able to use any of the electronic materials (databases, e-journals or e-books).
You will need to apply for a long term pass (see Access to the Library).
You can also pay to borrow from the Library (see below).
The Library will not grant access to visitors below the age of 19, or those outside the University who are studying below first-degree level, unless special permission is granted by the Director of Library Services .
However, the Library does work closely with the University's Widening Participation Office. Teachers wishing to bring their students into the Library should approach the Widening Participation Office in the first instance.
Brunel University Library is a partner in two schemes that link public library users with university libraries. These are the Libraries & Learners in London scheme, and the TV Inspire scheme.
Libraries & Learners in London
This scheme matches holders of a London borough public library card with a suitable academic or specialist library for the area of study they are interested in. Your public library will provide you with details of a suitable library, and a letter of introduction requesting admittance to the library. Under this scheme you can use the library for reference only (but you can pay to borrow from the Library - see below). You will not be able to use any the library's electronic resources (databases, e-journals or e-books).
When visiting Brunel for the first time, go to the Library reception desk. You will need to show the staff there your letter of introduction, your library card from the public library and will need to apply for a long-term visitor's pass (see Access to the Library).
If you have any queries about the scheme ask at your public library, or check the web page at: http://www.londonlibraries.org.uk
TV-Inspire is a co-operative scheme supported by seven University and eight Public Library services in the Thames Valley region to support personal study and research needs. Your public library will provide you with details of a suitable library for your needs and a referral form. Under this scheme you can use the library for reference only for a single day. You will not be able to use any the library's electronic resources (databases, e-journals or e-books). You can pay to borrow from the Library (see below).
When visiting Brunel for the first time, go to the Library reception desk. You will need to show the staff there your referral form, and two forms of Identity, one of which must be photo ID. You will be issued with a day visitor's pass.
If you have any queries about the scheme, ask at your public library or check the web page at: http://www.inspire.gov.uk/tvi_welcome.php
Borrowing from the Library
People who are not members of the University can apply for an External Borrowers's card. You will be required to pay a registration fee of £25. In addition there is an annual subscription fee of £60.You can borrow up to six long loans at any one time. You will not be allowed to borrow One Week, Two Week or Academic Reserve Collection items. You will also need to apply for a long term pass (see Access to the Library).
Do we have what you want?
To see what is available in our Library on campus you can search the Library Catalogue.
Access to the Library
The Library is open seven days a week during term time. For details of the opening hours, please see this webpage.
Access to the Library is swipe-card controlled. Visitors who are not current members of Brunel should report to Library reception (beside the barriers) with two pieces of ID, one of which must be photo ID and one must display your current address, and a passport size photo. Your access card will be ready for collection in three working days.
You can apply for a long term pass in advance by downloading the application form and sending it, with a passport size photo, to the address on the form. Your long term pass will be ready for collection three working days from our receipt of the form. You will need to produce two pieces of ID, one of which must be photo ID and one must display your current address when you collect your pass.
For further information, please view the main Library website.