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Using the Library

Members of the public

Visitors over 18 are welcome to use our printed resources in the Library. There is no charge for this service. 

Membership is open to members of the public who live in the local area for an annual fee of £50. This allows you to borrow at any one time: 3 standard loan books for 3 weeks with 1 renewal. Licensing restrictions mean that we cannot provide access to online subscription content for external members.

You will be asked to complete a membership form and provide the following:

  • Proof of local address
  • Photo ID

Visitors under 18 are welcome to use the Library if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, or are on an organised visit with their school. 

Photocopying facilities are available, please ask at the Library counter if you wish to photocopy.

Prices are:  A4 - 5p per sheet,  A3 - 10p per sheet

Information about how to find us, public transport and parking is available here

Bournemouth University staff and students

We have a mutual agreement with Bournemouth University (BU) which allows full time students and staff at BU to join AUB Library. For part time students and staff you can visit the Library and read items in the Library or you can join the SCONUL Access scheme which will allow you to join AUB Library. Please speak to staff in one of the BU libraries if you wish to do this.  

Members will then be able to borrow 3 standard loan books for 3 weeks with 1 renewal. Licensing restrictions mean that we cannot provide access to online subscription content for external members.

To join you need to provide the following:  

  • BU University ID card
  • Proof of local address

Photocopying facilities are available, please ask at the Library counter if you wish to photocopy.

Prices are:  A4 - 5p per sheet,  A3 - 10p per sheet

Bournemouth & Poole College Performing Arts Students

Students studying on the BA (Hons) or FdA  Performing Arts Degrees (Contemporary Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre or Performing Arts)  at Bournemouth and Poole College can join AUB Library without charge. 

Members can borrow 3 standard loan books for 3 weeks with 1 renewal. Licensing restrictions mean that we cannot provide access to online subscription content for external members.

To join you need to provide the following:  

  • 1 passport sized photo
  • BPCAD ID card
  • Proof of local address

Photocopying facilities are available, please ask at the Library counter if you wish to photocopy.

Prices are:  A4 - 5p per sheet,  A3 - 10p per sheet

School teachers and Charity workers working on arts projects

Membership is open to School teachers in the local area teaching art, design, media or performance. It is also available to Charity Workers doing arts focused work in the same catchment area. Membership is free. 

This allows you to borrow at any one time: 3 standard loan books for 3 weeks with 1 renewal. Licensing restrictions mean that we cannot provide access to online subscription content for external members.

You will be asked to complete a membership form and provide the following:

  • Proof of local address
  • Photo ID

Visitors under 18 are welcome to use the Library if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, or are on an organised visit with their school. Please contact us in advance if you wish to organise a visit. Our collections include material of an adult nature so you may wish to choose a selection of books to work with or ask us to select books in advance. Please e-mail library@aub.ac.uk 

Photocopying facilities are available, please ask at the Library counter if you wish to photocopy.

Prices are:  A4 - 5p per sheet,  A3 - 10p per sheet

Information about how to find us, public transport and parking is available here

Former members of Arts University Bournemouth staff

Membership is open to former full or part time staff members who live in the local area and are not currently working at another University. There is no charge for this. 

You will be asked to complete a membership form and provide the following: 

  • Proof of connection to Arts University Bournemouth (formerly BPCAD, AIB and AUCB) e.g. certificate, written confirmation from tutor or equivalent. 
  • Proof of address
  • Photo ID

Membership is reviewed annually on the anniversary of joining. 

Borrowing entitlement: 3 standard loan books for 3 weeks with 1 renewal. Licensing restrictions mean that we can't give access to online subscription content for alumni. 

Photocopying facilities are available, please ask at the Library counter if you wish to photocopy.

Prices are:  A4 - 5p per sheet,  A3 - 10p per sheet