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Aston University Library is a controlled access building.  Aston University staff and students can gain access via uniCARD whereas visitors will need to request access as per details below.  

Authorised visitors can:

  • Use the Library for study purposes from 09:00 - 21:00 weekdays.  This applies even when the Library is open longer than those hours.
  • Use eduroam on own device if a member of another university or obtain a Wi-Fi password for own laptop from the Help desk (weekdays 09:00 - 18:00 term-time and until 17:00 during vacations). This will provide access to many electronic resources.
  • Use the photocopiers to scan to email (within copyright restrictions).  Photocopying, computers and laptops are not available to visitors.
Visitors are subject to the library regulations and must present ID and sign in and out on each visit.

The following people can apply for a visitor card to use the Library on a regular basis:

  • Aston graduates

  • Retired Aston University staff

  • SCONUL Access members (except Band R, i.e. full-time undergraduate students cannot apply for a visitor card)

  • Aston Engineering Academy staff

  • Aston Science Park staff

  • Podiatry students at Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • During term-time, registered visitors can use the Library for study purposes from:
    • 09:00 - 21:00 weekdays 
    • 10:00 until 18:00 on Saturdays 
    • Opening until 18:00 on Sundays   

      This applies even when the Library is open longer than the hours specified.
  • Borrow up to 6 books at any one time (these must be returned on time or renewed, to avoid fines).  You will have access to your own Library Record which you can use to check loans or renew books, or to change your PIN.
    (You are sent a PIN via email once your registration form has been processed and your visitor card is ready to collect from the Library.)

How to apply

  • Check that you have a passport style digital photo ready to upload
  • SCONUL Access applicants only:  register with the SCONUL Access scheme and save your SCONUL Access approval email.  (You will need to upload it when you register online with Aston University Library.)
  • Aston Science Park staff only: please obtain a letter from the Head of Client Services at the Science Park confirming that you are a full-time employee of the Birmingham Aston Science Park company that you are applying from.  
Applicants will be sent an email when their visitor card is ready.  
This is normally within a working week with the exception of Fresher's week and week 1 of term when no new cards will be processed. 
Name and address ID along with photo ID will be required on collection.

SCONUL Access Summer Vacation Scheme


From Monday 13 June - 16 September current students (undergraduate or postgraduate) and staff from other universities can come into the Library during the summer vacation.  

  • Students and staff must show a current valid ID card from own university (the university must be a member of the scheme)
  • The card must have a recognisable photograph and give university ID number
  • It must give a current date
  • Visitors will need to sign the visitors book each time the visit the Library
  • Visitors using the Library under the SCONUL Access Summer Vacation Scheme can use the Library from 09:00 - 21:00 weekdays and up until 17:00 at the weekends.  This applies even when the Library is open longer than those hours.


  • SCONUL Access Scheme for staff and students from other universities

  • Full time undergraduates are not admitted under the SCONUL Access Scheme.  Please refer to the arrangements for members of the public.  

  • Under the arrangements of the SCONUL Access scheme, students and staff who attend member institutions can also apply for a membership card to use the Library on a regular basis if they are: 

  • Academic and support staff (band A)
  • Research e.g. Phd (band A)
  • Part time (band B)
  • Distance learning (band B)
  • Placement (band B)
  • Full time postgraduate (band C)

How to apply

  • Check that you have a passport style digital photo ready to upload
  • SCONUL Access applicants:  register with the SCONUL Access scheme and save your SCONUL Access approval email.  (You will need to upload it when you register online with Aston University Library.)

Applicants will be sent an email when their visitor card is ready.  
This is normally within a working week with the exception of Fresher's week and week 1 of term when no new cards will be processed.
Name and address ID along with photo ID will be required on collection.

Members of the public, over the age of 18, can request a Day Pass at the Library Reception desk.

Day Passes are available 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday and can be used by the named person, up until 21:00 on the date issued.  Two forms of identification are required:

  1. Name and home address (e.g. recent utility bill)
  2. Photo ID (e.g. driving licence) with proof of age 

Please note: A day pass cannot be issued without both photographic ID and home address details.  Please provide official translations of foreign documents, where necessary. 

Day passes are limited to a maximum of 3 per person, per academic year.