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Information for library visitors

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.

Please note: all individual visitors to the Naylor Library must first email library@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 4097 to arrange a visit as this building has access control.

Term-time opening hours

DayMain Library and Naylor LibraryOvernight Access to IT Facilities
Monday - Thursday 8.15am - 9pm 9pm - 8.15am following day
Friday 8.15am - 9pm 9pm - 11am Saturday
Saturday 11am - 5pm 5pm - 12 pm Sunday
Sunday 12.00pm - 6pm Open until 8.15am Monday

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   LLT@stmarys.ac.uk or phone us on 020 8240 4097.

Photocopying for visitors

Photocopying can be arranged for visitors at a rate of 5p per A4 page. Please ask at our Library Information Desk and we will assist you in using our copying system.

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.