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Associate Membership Service: What is Associate Membership

Introduction to the Associate Membership Service

Queen’s University Library primarily provides support for current staff and students of the University.  However, a membership service has been set up to enable members of the general public, residing in Northern Ireland, to get access to material not easily available elsewhere. Applicants should be at least 18 years old.  This service is monitored to ensure membership numbers are kept at a viable level and library policies and regulations are adhered to.  Please refer to the Access to the Library webpage for information on the different categories of access. 

Please note that with all categories of associate membership, Library electronic resources may only be used for the purposes of private or non-commercial research.  There is no off-campus access to electronic resources.

There are two categories of membership:

  • Personal Associate for members using the Library for educational purposes only.

  • Professional Associate for members using the Library in connection with their profession or business.  An organisation can name an authorised employee to use the library card.  Additional cards can be taken out, at a reduced fee, for other named employees of the member business/organisation.  

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Library Services for Associate Members

Library associate membership is available as an annual subscription only.  Applicants must complete an online application form.

Membership runs for one year from the date of joining. Associate membership includes:

  • Borrowing from the unrestricted collections (does not include borrowing of short-loan materials)
  • Online management of renewals, loans, fines/charges through Queen's Online (QOL)
  • Printing and copying using your library smart card (fees apply)
  • Access to a limited selection of electronic resources (licence dependent). Library electronic resources may only be used for private and non-commercial research.
  • Access to QUB WiFi
  • Inter Library Loans (fee applicable for each ILL, payable in advance)

For further details of these services please click on the Library Services tab at the top of this page or search for a specific question using Library Help.

Please note you must present your Library Card in order to gain access to the Library and your card is non-transferable.

Contact Details

Queen’s University Belfast

Associate Membership Service

Medical & HSC Library

Mulhouse Building

Royal Victoria Hospital

Belfast      BT12 6DP



Telephone: 028 9097 8907

Library Help

If you have a question about the Library or Associate Membership, type it below for an answer.

Associate Membership Help - FAQs