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Visitor Information: Kimberlin

Date for your diary

We are anticipating that the SCONUL scheme, the national scheme allowing access to our library by staff and students at other universities, will re-start on Monday 15th November 2021.  Presuming that this goes ahead as planned, we will be restarting library access for all our external members from the same date.

If you already hold an external library card for the Kimberlin Library, we will email you in November with details of your upcoming access.  If you're interested in joining our library, the online registration form will be live from the restart date.

SCONUL / Other External Library Members

At this time, both Leicester City public libraries and Leicestershire public libraries have re-opened to visitors. They provide access to Access to Research which may be of use to you until our library re-opens.


We are anticipating restarting our external membership in late November 2021.  Current external members who are corporate members, public members or alumni will have their membership expiry date extended to reflect the number of days of your annual membership that you had left when our library closed to visitors in March 2020.  We will email our current external members with more details on this nearer the time.


SCONUL members only have access until the end of their current course of study / the end of a three year period, for university staff.  Where SCONUL members have an expiry date beyond our re-opening for visitors, once we re-open for external members, you'll be able to use our library until your membership expires.  Where your SCONUL membership has expired whilst we've been closed to external members, you'll need to re-apply again on the SCONUL website, for your university to approve a further period of SCONUL membership for you, once the SCONUL scheme has restarted.

DMU Alumni

Temporary access to the Kimberlin Library is being provided to DMU alumni during summer 2021, up until 30th September 2021. 

This temporary access is to enable students graduating from DMU undergraduate courses during summer 2021 to access print resources ahead of DMU postgraduate study in the autumn term. Access for alumni will be withdrawn again from 1st October to enable the potential use of an online booking system by current DMU students and staff at the start of the new academic year.  Alumni access will re-start again when wider external membership restarts, hopefully in late 2021 / early 2022.

Holders of existing alumni cards will find that their cards work to allow library access and the loan of up to 4 items at a time. New applications by DMU alumni can be submitted using the webform below, please contact the Alumni Office to obtain confirmation of your status prior to completing the webform application. 

Alumni library cards are free for DMU alumni, and allow the loan of up to 4 items at a time, but do not provide IT access within our library, and do not provide access to other Library buildings on campus, such as the Law Library or Learning Zones. When available, these spaces are solely for access by our current DMU students and staff.