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The Library Civic Access Borrower Scheme is now being re-introduced to library users across Northern Ireland allowing them to apply to join Ulster University’s libraries as a borrower.

First launched in 2019, the scheme invites all current member of Libraries NI (the Northern Ireland public library service), who are aged 18 or over, to access the scheme and borrow print material from the University’s three campus libraries, located in Belfast, Coleraine and Derry~Londonderry.

Civic Access borrowers may borrow up to two standard loan books from any of the campus libraries and can also access the inter Campus Loan Service but will need to speak to a member of university library staff directly to do this.

Initial membership of the Civic Access Scheme is for a period of two years and can be renewed as necessary.

Janet Peden, University Librarian and Deputy Chief Digital and Information Officer, explains: “In July 2019, Ulster University agreed a Library Civic Access Borrower scheme with Libraries NI, whereby members of any public library in Northern Ireland can gain access to the University’s library services and resources to support their learning, teaching and research. “We want to remind people about this service and invite them into our campus libraries where they will find enhanced library spaces offering a wide range of study and materials.”

Dr Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive, adds: “The partnership between Ulster University and Libraries NI serves as a great example of how working together can help support the public, improve services and provide an accessible learning environment for all.

“It presents an incredible opportunity for our customers and the general public to tap into a wealth of academic material to pursue their learning and educational goals.

“Whether you’re a student, a researcher, or simply someone with a thirst for knowledge, I would encourage our library users to take full advantage of this service and to explore the vast resources that the 3 campus libraries have to offer.”

How to apply for membership:

All applications for the Library Civic Access Borrower Scheme must be made via the online application form.

Once your application is accepted, you will be sent a guide for Civic Access borrowers using the university library along with your new borrower card.

Further information:

Civic access users will be able to avail of a modern learning space providing integrated library services, resources and study space, with generous opening hours.

Details of all campus libraries – including services and opening hours – can be found by visiting the Library.

Further information is available on the Membership of the Library Civic Access Borrower Scheme