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Guest and visitor information

We welcome visitors to both The Sir Michael Cobham Library at Talbot Campus and to Weston Library which is on the ground floor of Bournemouth Gateway Building at Lansdowne Campus. If you’re not a current BU student, staff member or existing external member of the library, please contact us in advance to arrange your visit.

We offer reference membership, which allows members of the public to use in the library our printed resources available on mySearch

We also offer various external membership schemes which allow registered members to borrow books.

Where licences permit, access may also be granted to some of our electronic resources, from a dedicated computer in the library. For details and to apply, please see Walk-in guest access to electronic resources (service currently unavailable).

We are unable to grant access to our e-resources from other university computers or guests' own devices, due to the terms of our licence agreements with suppliers.

However, if you wish to connect to the internet for other purposes, using your own device, free Wi-Fi access is available via a partnership with a third party supplier, The Cloud. This commercial wireless solution is only recommended for limited internet usage such as email and browsing. 

Alternatively, if you are from an educational  institution which participates in eduroam, you can connect your laptop to the eduroam network from wireless access points at both campuses. More detail on wireless networks for visitors.

Please note that no animals may be brought into the libraries apart from registered assistance dogs.

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Membership types

We have a number of membership options for visitors who want to borrow books from our libraries.


As a guest you can still use our photocopiers, find out what you need to do and how much it costs to make copies.