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Become a Member: Member of the Public

How to apply for Public Membership

Members of the public who require access to resources not available through the public library service may join the University of Suffolk Library for an annual fee of £30. Please note that we are unable to provide general access to our study spaces; your application must outline why you require access to our collections.

Public members benefit from the following privileges:  

Please note that due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to provide off-site access to eResources for External Members. eResources include both online journals/journal articles and eBooks. 

Apply for Public Membership 
To apply for Public Membership, please complete the application form below. Please note that the form requires the following:

  • A brief letter outlining why you require access to the library 
  • An electronic passport style photograph 

Public Membership Application Form (Online Form)

If your application is approved, we will notify you to proceed with payment of the membership fee. Once payment is successfully completed, we will generate your library account and issue your access card. Please note that the waiting period may vary depending on the time of year, with an average processing time of 10 to 14 days.

Access cards can be collected from the reception desk in the Waterfront Building. Please make sure to bring valid photo identification when collecting your card. If you require collection outside of regular working hours, kindly inform us in advance so that we can arrange for your card to be securely held by our security team.