Visiting the Library
Members of the public, University students and sixth form pupils are welcome to use Oxford Brookes Library for reference and study purposes. Opening hours differ from site to site so please check our locations and opening hours before you travel. Other restrictions may be in place during vacations and public holidays/concessionary days.
Please note that
- E-resources, access to the University computer network, printing, scanning or copying, interlibrary loans and booking study rooms are only available to Brookes staff and students.
- Library users must produce their Library card or a form of ID for examination on request by library or security staff.
- Guest WiFi is available.
- Admission is discretionary and we reserve the right to refuse entry without redress, and to withdraw access where users are in breach of the Library regulations.
Some categories of library user may be eligible for membership of the Oxford Brookes Library. Please select your category from the list below for information on your eligibility.
As a graduate of the University you are welcome to use the Library for reference and use our study spaces free of charge. There is no need to complete a membership application if you wish to use our facilities for reference.
For an annual fee (£50) you are able to borrow up to five items at a time. If you’d like to borrow material then complete this request form, and bring (or post it) to the Headington Library, together with proof of address, proof of identity, passport sized photograph, and proof that you are a Brookes alumni. Note that in the event of the Library having to close due to government policy, no refund will be available but annual membership will be extended to cover the period of closure.
Brookes Society members
As a member of Brookes Society you are welcome to use the Library for reference and use our study spaces free of charge. These is no need to complete a membership application if you wish to use our facilities for reference.
You may apply for membership which allows you to borrow up to five items at a time. If you’d like to apply, complete the Brookes External Borrower Scheme application form. Bring (or post) the form, together with proof of address, photographic proof of identity, a passport sized photograph, and a letter confirming your membership of Brookes Society to the Headington Library at Brookes.
SCONUL Access Scheme
The SCONUL Access Scheme is a reciprocal arrangement between universities which allow students from participating institutions to use other libraries. Apply for the scheme online at SCONUL Access.
Full-time undergraduates can use the Library on a reference basis without the need to register with the Library. You must have your home student ID with you when you use our space.
Staff and research students, part-time and distance learning students, and full-time postgraduate students at institutions participating in the scheme can borrow up to 5 items from the Library. Please bring your SCONUL acceptance email, your home student ID card or other photographic proof of identity, and a passport sized photograph to the Headington Library. You will also need to download and complete a SCONUL Access application form. Internet access is provided via Eduroam.
School students (Year 12 and 13) may use limited areas of the Library for study at certain times of the year. Valid ID must be worn at all times. There is no access to the libraries during examination periods. Group study spaces are for Brookes staff and students only.
Please note that unaccompanied children under the age of 16/up to Year 11 are not admitted to the Library.
School visits for extended projects can be arranged. Please contact Robert Curry, Head of Academic Delivery and Development to discuss further.
Students from other UK higher education institutions
If you are in this category, you may be eligible for SCONUL Access. If you are not, you may apply for membership which allows you to borrow up to five items at a time. If you’d like to borrow material then complete this request form, and bring (or post it) to the Headington Library, together with proof of address, proof of identity, passport sized photograph, and your institutional ID.
Fees are £90 for an annual subscriptions; £45 for 6 months. Students on work placement in the local area will not be charged upon proof of placement.
Note that in the event of the Library having to close due to government policy, no refund will be available but annual membership will be extended to cover the period of closure.