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Information for library visitors

Please note: due to Covid-19 access to our libraries is restricted to current St Mary’s staff and students only.

We welcome visitors to the St Mary’s libraries. This includes members of other academic institutions, organised visits from schools or colleges, and members of the public.

All individual visitors to the Naylor Library must first email or call 020 8240 4097 to arrange a visit as this building has access control.

Term-time opening hours
DayMain LibraryNaylor LibraryStudy Hub
Monday - Friday 8.15am-7pm
(self-service until midnight)
8.15am-9pm 24 hours
Saturday 11am-5pm
(self-service until midnight)
11am-5pm 24 hours
Sunday 12-6pm
(self-service until midnight)
12pm-6pm 24 hours

Self-service hours and the Study Hub are only accessible with a valid St Mary's ID card.

Please note: Opening hours will vary during University vacations. Please contact us for clarification.

SCONUL Access for UK students and academic staff

St Mary’s University participates in the national  SCONUL Access scheme for university libraries, providing access to printed library resources and study facilities for students and staff of other universities.

If you fall into one of the following groups then you will be able to borrow a limited number of printed library items from us via SCONUL Access: 

  • Academic staff of most UK HE institutions on open or fixed term contracts
  • Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • Part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • Full-time postgraduates.

If you are a full-time undergraduate student at another university then you can use the St Mary’s Library for study and reference purposes.

To visit us using SCONUL Access please ensure you have  applied for the scheme online and have printed a copy of the confirmation email message. Please bring your university ID card with you and report to our libraries information desks when you arrive. 

To prepare for your visit, you can make use of our  Summon Library Search tool to discover our library resources.

Vacation access for students from other universities

Undergraduate students and postgraduate students following taught courses at UK colleges of higher education or UK or Irish universities are entitled to reference use of our facilities during our vacations. For more information, please see the  SCONUL Vacation Access scheme.

Access for members of the public

Members of the public who are not in Higher Education are welcome to use the St Mary's libraries on a reference-only basis. Please be aware that you will need to bring your own IT equipment. If you need Wi-Fi internet access, guest access can be purchased on-campus for a small charge.

Please note: overnight access to facilities is only available to those with a valid St Mary’s ID card. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the Library.

Visitors from schools or colleges 

Teachers who would like to arrange a one-off visit for a small group of students are asked to contact us to discuss this further and to make an appointment. Please email or phone us on 020 8240 4097.

Photocopying for visitors

Photocopying can be arranged for visitors at a rate of 4p per A4 page. Please ask at our Library Information Desk and we will assist you in using our copying system.

St Mary’s Alumni 

The library offers free membership to St Mary’s alumni. Please contact for further details and to request membership.

Wi-Fi for visitors

Visitors from other UK universities can use the  Eduroam Wi-Fi service at St Mary’s. You can register for this with your home institution and use the service via your laptop to access your own institution's WiFi network and online resources. Further details can be found on the  Eduroam website.

If you don’t have access through Eduroam, guest access to our WiFi network can be purchased on-campus for a small charge.