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Library and Learning Services

Members of the Public.

Personal access and borrowing options, including INSPIRE.

Individual members of the public over the age of 18 may gain access to Kimberlin Library on up to three occasions for reference use. Access is provided during staffed service hours only up until 7.30pm on weekdays, 5.30pm on Saturdays and 6.30pm on Sundays. You will need to show a form of identification from this list:

  • Drivers licence
  • Bank card
  • Utility bill
  • Passport

If you are under 18 then you may be able to gain access under our arrangements with local schools and colleges. Ask your school librarian for more details.

Occasional and more regular users

If you wish to use our facilities more frequently, we ask that join the library. There are two levels of membership: Reference and Borrowing (external).

Reference membership gives you access to Kimberlin Library during staffed service hours up until 8.30pm (5.30pm Saturdays and 6.30pm Sundays). This allows you to access to open print collections and make use of study facilities. The cost is £10 per year. You will need proof of your address (e.g. a photo driving licence or utility bill).

Borrowing membership allows you to borrow up to 4 items from the Library’s main collection (excluding Short Loan) and have reference access to journals and other open access collections and study facilities. The cost is £60 a year.

Membership cards are created at the Welcome and Help Desk of our Kimberlin Library, whilst you wait. A digital photograph is taken as part of the registration process for inclusion in the completed membership card. To obtain a library card, you must arrive in the Kimberlin library between 9:30 and 11:00 am, or between 4:00 and 7:00pm, on weekdays, during term time. At all other times, the last library card will be printed half an hour before the end of staffed hours, as shown on our opening hours. If there are three or more of you coming as a group to get a library card made, please arrange this in advance by e-mailing

Details of the Library’s holdings may be accessed via the Library Catalogue. The Kimberlin Library has an extensive stock covering a wide range of subjects. The Law Library in the Hugh Aston building holds core material in this area.

You are advised to check site details carefully on the Library Catalogue before visiting one of our libraries in person if there is a specific item you wish to borrow or consult.

Restrictions on use

Please note that we are unable to offer external users access to electronic information, IT facilities, slide and video collections because of licensing restrictions. The inter-library loans facility is not available to external users. All users are bound by Library Regulations. Access and membership are provided at the discretion of the Director of Library Services.

Please be aware that most of our law related books and journals are housed in a separate library within a faculty building. There is no access to this law library for non-DMU library users so alumni, SCONUL users and members of the public do not have access to these resources.

Travelling to our libraries

Library Services encourages all visitors to use public transport when coming to campus. Plans of the campus and directions for visitors can be found on the university web pages.