Visitors to the Library & Archives

We welcome visitors to the University libraries at Penryn Campus and Falmouth Campus. 

We have collections to intrigue, inspire and educate. The library collections are diverse, representing the subjects taught on each campus. Start by searching the collection to see what is available.   

The Archives and Special Collections are also located at Penryn Campus. They house a unique and eclectic collection of original documents, books, and other media suitable for research purposes and creative practice.   

If you would like to visit the libraries, or to sign up to a membership, check out the options below. 

Using the Library as a Visitor

Visitors are welcome to browse the library & special collections within the library at no cost.

You may also use the study spaces on site, use the wifi, and make copies within copyright permissions.

We reserve the right to restrict access at certain times.

To take out material, you will need to buy a membership.

Using online resources must be booked in advance. 

We are able to provide limited access to online resources using two dedicated computer terminals at Penryn Campus Library. Our licences with publishers determine what is available. We cannot provide access to online resources to the public off-campus.

Book a visit to Penryn Campus Library for eResource use

  1. Email the library to arrange your visit.

Email the library

  1. At the Library, read our library guest agreement and complete the declaration form that says you agree to the terms.

  2. Bring your declaration and proof of ID when you visit.

You are welcome to join us.

If you are carrying out research and would like to borrow our resources, we have public memberships to our collections. Membership costs £35 and lasts for 5 years.

However, this membership does exclude online resources, videos, and DVDs due to academic licensing. With an Public membership, you can also access the Archives and Special Collections by appointment.

Email us for a registration form

If you are a Falmouth University or University of Exeter graduate, you can join with an Alumni membership.  

Alumni membership enables you to borrow up to 10 books at a time for a one-off fee of £35.

However, this membership does exclude online resources, videos, and DVDs due to academic licensing. With an Alumni membership, you can also access the Archives and Special Collections by appointment.

If you have a RefWorks account, you can also continue to access this after you have graduated.

Register as a Falmouth University alumni

Register as a University of Exeter alumni

Unfortunately, SCONUL Access currently remains suspended nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, you are welcome to use our libraries through one of the other options above. 

Read updates on SCONUL Access

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal library membership scheme for some University Libraries throughout the UK and Ireland. We are members of SCONUL Access and welcome visitors from other universities. 

We welcome visits from local schools, colleges and other groups at quiet times of the academic year.

If you are a teacher or leader of a group who wish to visit the library, please get in touch with us to discuss requirements.

Email us

Our librarians have curated a list of recommended open-access online databases.

Alumni and non-university borrowers cannot access our online resources. However, a growing number of open-access resources are freely available to all. Our librarians have collected together many leading databases, allowing you to search through many journals, archives and more. 

View open-access resource list

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