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Alumni and External Borrowers

This Policy outlines the library's service to external visitors and borrowers.

Who can use the library?
University alumni and members of the public can use the library, as visitors, for reference purposes only without needing to register, provided they contact the library beforehand to arrange an appointment; and must report to the campus Reception or Gateway Desk, and obtain a visitors card, before using the library.

To borrow items, external membership is offered to -

  • University alumni can continue to borrow books for three years after graduation for free.  After which, as external borrowers, at a reduced annual fee of £15 per year.
  • Staff, postgraduate students and distance learners of other UK universities may use the library and borrow books, if their own university is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme.  For more information and to apply see - SCONUL Access.
  • Members of the public as external borrowers, at the annual fee of £25 per year.
  • Artists in Residence, while they are working with the University, as external borrowers for free.
  • School art teachers, careers advisers and librarians working in Surrey and Kent as external borrowers for free.
  • As a member of the Canterbury Circle of Libraries UCA Canterbury offers lending and borrowing service to students and staff from following organisations: Canterbury College, The Kings School and, Canterbury Christchurch University.  To request to borrow an Item from the UCA Canterbury Library, please visit your own library and they will complete a request form for each item for you to bring with you to collect the items.

Borrowing Limits and Fees
External borrowers may only borrow three week loan books -


Maximum number of items that can be borrowed at one time Annual Fee
UCA alumni (if registered as a borrowing member) 6 Free for first 3 years, then £15
Staff, postgraduate students and distance learners from UK universities in SCONUL 6 Free
Members of the public 6 £25
University Artists-in-residence 6 Free
Local school art teachers, careers advisers and librarians 6 Free
Canterbury Circle of Libraries scheme members 2 Free

Terms and Conditions of Borrowing

  • External visitors are entitled to access the library print collections for reference only purposes.
  • External borrowers will be able to borrow, subject to their borrowing limits, three-week loan books only.
  • The due date will be emailed to the borrower when an item is issued on loan.
  • External borrowers will only be able to borrow books from the campus they are registered.
  • Automatic renewal of items is not available to external borrowers.
  • Failure to return an item will result in the borrower’s library account being blocked until the item is returned.
  • If an item is lost the borrower will be charged the current replacement cost plus an administration charge.
  • Items which have not been returned at the time the borrower’s membership has expired will be treated as lost and become chargeable.
  • All issues relating to library borrowing accounts should be raised with the Gateway Desk. The library will endeavour to resolve disputes and account issues within 14 working days.

Accessing Online Resources
External visitors will be able to - 

  • access the University guest wifi
  • search the library collections using LibrarySearch from their own personal devices or via an Open Public Access Catalogue kiosk

External visitors will not be able to access online resources, except where licensing agreements permit access as part of the Walk-in Access scheme.  This scheme allows a member of library staff to search for content on a visitors behalf.  To use the scheme you must contact the library to arrange an appointment before visiting.

3-D World
3x3: the Magazine of Contemporary Illustration
a-n Artists
African Arts
Alexander Street Underground and Independent Comics Collection
American Cinematographer
American Craft
Animation Magazine
AnOther Magazine, AnOther Man, Dazed
Applied Arts Magazine
Architectural Record
Architectural Theory Review
Architecture and Culture
Art Design and Communication in Higher Education
Art Full Text
Art in America
Art in Translation
Art Monthly
Art Newspaper
Art Review
Artforum International
Arts and Humanities Database
Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals
Berg Fashion Library
Bloomsbury Design Library
Bloomsbury Drama Online
Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive
Blueprint Magazine
Box of Broadcasts
Bridgeman Education
Britannica ImageQuest
British Journal of Aesthetics
Building Design Online
Building Types Online
Business Source Complete
Cambridge University Press Read & Publish Agreement
Camera Obscura
Celebrity Studies
Ceramic Review
Ceramics: Art and Perception
Clothing Cultures
College Art Association of American Journals Package
Communication Arts
Construction Information Service
Contemporary Music Review
Contemporary Theatre Review
Costume: Journal of the Costume Society
Crafts Magazine
Creative Review
Critical Inquiry
Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty
Critical Studies in Men's Fashion
Cultural Politics
Cultural Studies
DAAI (Design and Applied Arts Index)
Deleuze and Guattari Studies
Design & Culture
Design Issues
Design Journal / Design for Health
DETAIL Inspiration
Digital Creativity
Digital Theatre Plus Education
Ebook Central Academic Complete
Education Research Complete (including ERIC)
Elephant Magazine
Ethical Consumer
Fashion Style and Popular Culture
Fashion Theory / Fashion Practice
Feminist Media Studies
FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals
Film Matters
Flash Art International
Foam: International Photography Magazine
French Screen Studies
Gale Reference Complete
GQ Style
Grey Room
History of Photography
Home Cultures

IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Information Communication & Society / Internet Histories
Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library Archive 1836-2002
Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture
International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text
International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
International Journal of Advertising
International Journal of Fashion Design Technology and Education
International Journal of Fashion Studies
International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media
Journal of Architecture
Journal of Brand Management
Journal of British Cinema and Television
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Journal of Contemporary Painting
Journal of Cultural Management & Cultural Policy
Journal of Design History
Journal of English for Academic Purposes
Journal of Further and Higher Education
Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds
Journal of Gender Studies
Journal of Global Fashion Marketing
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Journal of Illustration
Journal of Modern Craft
Journal of Popular Film & Television
Journal of Popular Television
Journal of Screenwriting
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Journal of the Textile Institute
Journal of Visual Art Practice
Journalism Practice / Journalism Studies
JSTOR Journal Archive (Arts & Sciences III)
Leonardo / Leonardo Music Journal
LS:N Global
Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption
Media Practice and Education
Mix Magazine
Modernism / Modernity
Music, Sound and the Moving Image
Naxos Online Music Library
New Cinemas
New Scientist
New Soundtrack
New Yorker
Oxford Art Journal
Oxford University Press Databases
Performance Research
Photography and Culture
Popular Music and Society / Rock Music Studies
ProQuest Archives
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global Full Text
Public Culture
Quarterly Review of Film and Video
Rock's Backpages
Rolling Stone
SAGE Journals Read and Publish Agreement
Screen Studies
Senses and Society
Sight & Sound
Soundtrack, The
Source: the Photographic Review
Stage, The
Studies in Documentary Film
Studies in European Cinema
Studies in Higher Education
Studies in Theatre and Performance
Tate etc
Teaching in Higher Education
Text and Talk
Textile History
Textile: the Journal of Cloth & Culture / Journal of Textile Design Research & Practice
Third Text
Virtual Creativity
Visual Culture in Britain
Visual Studies
Vogue (US Edition)
Wiley Journals Read & Publish Agreement
Women: a cultural review

Code of Conduct
All library visitors and borrowers are expected to agree and comply with the Library Code of Conduct.

Alumni borrowing expires 3 years after graduation unless renewed at the library for the reduced fee.  All other external borrowing access expires 12 months after registration unless renewed at the library and fee paid as appropriate.

Visitors must wear their visitors card at all times when on campus.

All borrowers must present their library card to borrow items.  It is the responsibility of the borrower to inform the library of any changes to their contact details or if their card is lost or stolen.

How to become an External Borrower
To join the library as an external borrower - download, print and complete the External Borrower Application Form and visit your local campus library.

The Library will review this Policy every year and any significant changes will be considered and approved by the Director of Student Services.


January 2024
Review: January 2025