Visitor access

Access to the Lanchester Library for reference and study purposes is available to members of the public, college students and sixth form pupils. Please note that access to any electronic resources or group study rooms is not available under the following access / membership schemes.

Library staff have the right to refuse entry to anyone who cannot provide acceptable means of identification, does not have a valid reason for using the Library, or for any other reason whether in possession of a valid ID card or not.

All visitors under these access schemes must comply with the Lanchester library rules and regulations

Associate Membership

Members of the public can apply for Associate Membership at a cost of £60.00 per annum. An associate member will have unlimited access to the library for a year for reference and study purposes and will be allowed to borrow up to 5 items at any one time. Associate Members can also use the Document Supply Service for a charge of £7.50 per item.

All requests for Associate Membership should be sent to the Customer Services Manager. 


Alumni Access – Friends of Coventry University (FOCUS)

CU Alumni is an association for all graduates and former students who have studied at Coventry University. Former students who require library access and borrowing rights are entitled to join the library at a discounted membership price of £30.00 per annum. FOCUS members will have access to the library for a year for reference and study purposes and will be allowed to borrow up to 5 items at any one time. The Document Supply Service is also available for a charge of £7.50 per item.


Lanchester Library: College Student and Sixth-Form Pupil Access

College students or sixth-form pupils who wish to visit the library for reference and study purposes on a regular basis can apply for a FREE Schools & Colleges Reference Access Scheme card.  A completed application form signed and stamped by a college or school should be handed to a member of staff at the ground floor library welcome desk (anytime between 8am – Midnight) and an access card will be issued.

Download the Lanchester Library Schools & Colleges Access Scheme application form (PDF, 182kb)
(Please download and complete offline)

A college student or sixth-form pupil requiring occasional use of the Lanchester Library for reference and study purposes will be issued with a 3 day pass. Suitable identification will be required before a pass is issued (for example college or school ID card or a letter from a college or school confirming that a person is a current student).

If you are a tutor or teacher and wish to arrange a visit to the library with a group of college or sixth form students, please contact Gill Evans (gill.evans@coventry.ac.uk)


SCONUL Access

Coventry University is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. This scheme allows staff and students from other Higher Education institutions access to the library. Once your application has been processed by your home institution via the SCONUL website, you will receive an approval email with further details on how to take part in the scheme.  A printed copy of your SCONUL access email and your home institution ID card should be presented to a member of staff at the ground floor library reception desk (anytime between 8am – Midnight) in order to receive your Lanchester Library access card. 


VISITOR Access

Members of the public requiring regular use of the Lanchester Library for reference purposes can apply for Visitor pass at a cost of £5.00 per annum. This pass can be requested anytime between 8am – Midnight at the library welcome desk on the ground floor. Photographic identification and proof of address will be required (for example: passport or driving license and a recent utility bill or bank statement).

Members of the public requiring occasional use of the Lanchester Library for reference and study purposes can apply for a 3 day pass. A 3 day pass can be can be requested anytime between 8am – Midnight at the library welcome desk on the ground floor. Photographic identification and proof of address will be required (for example: passport or driving license and a recent utility bill or bank statement).