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Associate Membership Scheme: Membership categories


Please read the details on this page to help you decide which category of associate membership you should apply for.  You may find further information by using the Library Help facility.

All associate memberships run for one year from the date of joining and it is not possible to join for a shorter period of time. 

Associate Personal Membership


Those wishing to use the Library for educational purposes and need access to material unavailable elsewhere may join as a personal associate member for an annual fee.  The applicant must reside in Northern Ireland as books may have to be returned within a matter of days, upon request.

Applicants should be at least 18 years old.

There are 3 categories of personal associate:

  • QUB graduate – someone who has completed an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree at Queen’s University Belfast.

  • Recent QUB graduate (completed degree course and graduated from QUB within the last 6 months).

  • All other personal associates


Applicants should complete the online application form and await further instruction on how to complete their membership. 

Once your submitted form has been processed by the Associate Membership Office, you will receive an email notification detailing when you can call into The McClay Library to complete your membership.  

Please note:  You will have to present current photographic ID and proof of address (up to 6 months old) at The McClay Library.  Once your ID has been verified, you can then pay your membership fee and collect your library card.  

See below for further details of acceptable forms of ID.  Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit card.


Associate Corporate and Associate Charity Membership


An individual, company or business who wish to use the Library in connection with their profession or business should join as an Associate Corporate member.  A registered charity can join as an Associate Charity member at a reduced rate, their registered charity number must be included on the application form.  The applicant must reside in Northern Ireland.   An annual fee is applicable to all associate memberships and is payable in advance.

The card must be issued to a named individual in the company and only this person can use the login details received with the card. Other authorised members of the organisation's staff may use the card to visit the library and borrow books.

Associate Membership does not include off-campus access to electronic resources. There is limited Library access to electronic resources. This access is defined by the licences negotiated with the providers and does not include the use of Library electronic resources for commercial purposes.

There are 2 categories - Associate Corporate or Associate Charity:

  • Associate Corporate -  relates to an Individual, company or business
  • Associate Charity - corporate membership available at a reduced price to charitable organisations providing their Charity Registration number.


Applicants should complete the online application form - clicking on the Corporate option and including the name of the individual who is being authorised to take out membership.  You will then receive further instructions on how to complete the membership procedure.

If you need more information on associate corporate or associate charity membership please contact the Associate Membership Office by telephone: 028 9097 8907 or email:

Acceptable forms of Photographic ID and Proof of Address

Examples of photographic ID - one of the following: Examples of proof of address - one of the following:
Current UK driving licence Bank/Credit Card statement (up to 6 mths old)
Current signed passport  Bank/Building Society Passbook (with recent update)
Current work ID Recent utilities bill (up to 6 mths old)
Electoral ID card Recent payslip (with home address)