Visitors and Alumni

The Library welcomes external borrowers and can provide access to a range of materials and special collections for private study and research. Access to resources can be as reference only or as a registered borrower. 

Here you can find information on: who can access, what can be accessed and how you can access the collections.

Who can use the Library?

  • Members of the public
  • Falmouth & Exeter graduates (Alumni)
  • Staff, students and researchers from other HE institutions (SCONUL)
  • Local companies
  • Local schools and colleges

Members of the public  

Members of the public can use the collection for reference purposes or as a fully registered member of the service. To apply for membership, please send a letter outlining your area of research and research requirements along with the completed registration form to Doreen Pinfold, Director of Library & Academic Skills.

Membership is an initial registration fee of £50 then a £25 annual renewal. Fees can be paid online.

Alumni access

Falmouth University Alumni pay a one off subscription of £35 to gain access to the libraries. Please register with Alumni Relations.

University of Exeter Alumni pay a one off subscription of £35 to gain access to the libraries .Please register with Alumni Relations.


SCONUL access 

Falmouth University is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme.  All undergraduates are welcome to use our facilities as reference users. Band A, B and C members may apply for borrowing rights (please note, access is only granted to printed material and does not apply to electronic resources or the audiovisual collection).  Applications to visit the Library should be made online via the Sconul Access website.  Please contact us or visit our website prior to your visit to confirm opening times.  You should be ready to present your student ID card from your home institution together with the 'approval email' you should have received in response to your online application.

Local companies

Local companies may gain access to our collections through corporate membership. This allows for a company to register and then individuals from within the company can also register. To apply for membership, please send a letter outlining your area of research and research requirements along with the completed registration form to Doreen Pinfold, Director of Library & Academic Skills

Local schools and colleges

We work with Cornish schools, FE and HE colleges as well as with the University of Exeter's Truro campus to provide reference access to our collections. A referral for access should be made by the institutional Librarian. Study groups are also welcome, by prior arrangement, and should be accompanied by the Librarian or Tutor.

This is part of the Cornish Schools Agreement, CUC partnership and Inspire partnership.  

What can you access?

The Collection is held across two campuses, at Penryn and Falmouth, and includes books, journals and special collections and archives. As a member of the library service you have access to both campuses.

Penryn campus holds resources covering the following subjects

Falmouth Campus Library holds resources covering the following subjects

All registered users can

  • Borrow 10 book or CD loans at any one time.

  • Access the Library catalogue gives a full list of titles available, and where they are held.

  • Use photocopiers available within each library. Copy cards can be loaded with money at autoloader machines. Cards are available from library staff.

  • Borrow items from other libraries as part of the interlibrary loan scheme. Full British Library costs will be charged.

  • Gain access to the Archives and Special Collections.

  • Make use of the Walk-in Users access scheme to use electronic resources in line resource licensing.

How you can gain access

Initial access to the libraries should be made by appointment. this helps us to ensure that there will be someone available to talk you through the registration process, and show you the collections.


Email or telephone the library helpdesk for the campus you wish to visit:

Penryn campus: 01326 370441
Falmouth campus: 01326 213815