Information for external users and visitors

  • The University welcomes external users and visitors to:

    Headington Library; the largest Library covering most academic disciplines.
    Harcourt Hill Library; specialises in education, philosophy, media, communication, sports and coaching.
    Swindon Library; specialises in health and social work.
    Wheatley Library; specialises in computing, maths and engineering.


  • Individual members of the public (age 18 and over) are welcome to use the University Library as a study space. There is no formal entry procedure, but it is recommended that you have some form of ID with you.

    Please select a Library (above) to check opening hours and note that, at Headington, the Library is not available to visitors when access to the building is restricted to University members.

    The following services are available:

    • Printed resources - reference only - not to borrow
    • Photocopying, subject to copyright regulations
    • Help Zone and Enquiry Desk staff will be pleased to provide initial help in finding library materials. Academic Liaison Librarians may also able to offer further subject specific help, depending on availability
    • Guest WiFi Please ask at the Help Zone/Enquiry Desk for the password

    Borrowing rights, e-resources, access to the University computer network, inter-library loans, and group study rooms are not available.

    Please note that unaccompanied children under the age of 16/up to Year 11 are not admitted.

    School students, Year 12 and 13, and EF students, may use the Library for study, but must wear valid ID at all times in the building. We regret that school and EF students cannot use the Library during examination periods.

    School visits for extended projects: please contact Robert Curry, Head of Academic Delivery and Development to make arrangements.

    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.

    The SCONUL Access scheme enables staff and research students, part-time and distance learning students, and full-time postgraduate students from higher education institutions participating in the scheme, to borrow from Oxford Brookes University Library. A maximum of 5 one or two week loan books can be borrowed at a time.

    E-resources, access to the University computer network, inter-library loans and booking study rooms are not available to SCONUL users. Internet access is provided via Eduroam.

    How to join the scheme: Apply online at SCONUL Access. You will receive an acceptance email from your home institution which you should bring (or post) to the Library at Brookes, together with proof of address, photographic proof of identity, a passport sized photograph, home institution Library/ student card and a completed Brookes SCONUL Access application form (pdf).

    Further details about renewals, reservations and fines are available.

    Membership of the scheme is discretionary and we reserve the right to refuse applications without redress, and to withdraw services where members are in breach of the Library regulations.

    The External Borrowers scheme enables certain groups of Library user to borrow from Oxford Brookes University Library. A maximum of 5 one or two week loan books can be borrowed at a time. Guest WiFi is available. Please ask at the Help Zone/Enquiry Desk for the password.

    E-resources, access to the University computer network, inter-library loans and booking study rooms are not available to members of the External Borrowers scheme.

    The scheme applies to the following groups of user:

    • Students from other UK higher education institutions on work placement in the local area. Free of charge.
    • UK students following programmes of higher education at other institutions (if SCONUL Access [see above] does not apply). Annual subscription £90; 6 months £45.
    • Oxford Brookes Alumni. Annual subscription £50.
    • Brookes Society members (former staff). £50 (free for retired staff).

    How to join the scheme: 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, proof of status with home institution (if appropriate), Alumni ID or Brookes Society number (if appropriate), and payment (if applicable) to the Library at Brookes.

    Further details about renewals, reservations and fines are available.

    Membership of the scheme is discretionary and we reserve the right to refuse applications without redress, and to withdraw services where members are in breach of the Library regulations.