University of Northampton Library

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University of Northampton Library

The university libraries are open to members of the University and the wider community. We provide flexible, varied and supportive learning services at the libraries at our Park and Avenue campuses and also through online environments.

Library FAQs

If you can’t find what you need from Library and Learning Services please search our FAQs or ask us.

Park campus library opening times

Monday 17 July – Sunday 17 September 2017

Monday 9am – midnight
Tuesday 9am – midnight
Wednesday 9am – midnight
Thursday 9am – midnight
Friday 9am – midnight
Saturday 10am – midnight
Sunday 10am – midnight

Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 August – 10am to midnight.

A full list of Park Campus library opening times for 2017 is available to download.

Avenue campus library opening times

Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September 2017

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 August – Closed.

A full list of Avenue Campus library opening times for 2017 is available to download.

Associate membership

All visitors who wish to use the libraries for reference purposes can visit or join as an associate member. Associate membership is available at an annual rate of £60 (£30 if for former students and staff of the University of Northampton, further discounted rates may apply). All associate memberships allow you to borrow up to five normal or week loan items (books, DVDs or VHS tapes). Unfortunately, equipment, laptops, short loan and school experience items are not available for loan to associate members.

To apply for Associate Membership, please return a completed associate membership application form and return by post or in person. Membership cards can either be collected or posted.

All associate membership is subject to abiding by the library rules and regulations.

Short term membership

Short term free associate membership (three months) is available to applicants of the University to courses of study and who are required to produce an assignment or similar activities prior to enrolment. This is available as a ‘one time only’ application (a member of staff in the university will be required as a guarantor for an application). To apply, complete and return an associate membership short term application form.

Sconul visitors

Our Library participates in the Sconul Access Scheme. Please contact your home library to discuss details of how to join. If you qualify for borrowing rights under the scheme, you can apply to become an associate member of the University of Northampton library. To apply as a Sconul visitor, please bring a completed associate membership Sconul application form with you on your first visit, along with passport photograph, your University ID card and Sconul access card or email confirmation. We will then provide a membership card for you (please be aware that your card can only be issued during library staffed hours).


School students can apply for a one year free Associate Membership, allowing them to borrow up to five books (normal or week loan), or DVDs. Students must complete a school membership application form which will require a counter-signature by a member of staff from their school. Once completed, the form will need to be returned along with a passport sized photograph, either by post or in person at either of our libraries. Under 16’s will need to be accompanied by an adult during all visits. Due to licensing restrictions, school students cannot access photocopying and the university’s online resources.

Visit the library

Teachers and librarians from local schools are welcome to bring their pupils to visit our libraries and may book a tour and introduction to our resources.

Researching for your Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

This bookable session is available all year round except September and October (and subject to staff and room availability). Duration: 60 minutes approximately. Maximum number of pupils: 20. Minimum number of pupils: no minimum.

Session includes:

  • Guided tour
  • Introduction to the library’s print collections via the library catalogue
  • Smart searching in Google
  • Introduction to free resources on the Skills Hub
  • Google Scholar
  • Access to Research

Tailored sessions covering introductions to referencing, critical thinking and resource evaluation are only available during the Summer Term.

Please send all bookings and enquiries to

Please note: Due to licence restrictions, pupils will not be able to access the University of Northampton’s electronic resources (such as online journals and electronic books), nor will they be able to make use of our photocopiers/printers.