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Associate Membership Service: 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. 

Personal associate 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:

  • New QUB graduate (graduated from Queen’s within the last 6 months).

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

  • All other members of the public


Download the relevant application form from the website.  Once you have completed the form, please sign and date it and bring it with you if you wish to join in person.

You can apply in person at either The McClay Library or the Medical Library - you must bring current photographic ID and proof of address (up to 6 months old) if applying in person. See below for further details of acceptable forms of ID. 

Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit card.


Post the completed, signed application form along with your personal cheque payment to:  Associate Membership Service, Queen's University Belfast, Medical & HSC Library, Mulhouse Building, RVH, Belfast BT12 6DP

NB: if applying in person, there is no guarantee that your application will be processed immediately. Please allow 24 hours after your application has been processed for your Library Smart Card to be printed.

There is currently no online facility to apply for Associate Membership of the Library.

Professional associate membership


An individual, company or business who wish to use the Library in connection with their profession or business should join as a Professional Associate Member.  A registered charity can join as a professional 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.

There are 2 categories of professional associate:

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


Those wishing to join as a professional associate member of the Library must complete the relevant application form and post it to the Associate Membership Service (AMS), Queen's University Belfast, Medical & HSC Library, Mulhouse Building, RVH, Belfast BT12 6DP.

The associate membership office will then register your details with the University’s Finance Department and raise an invoice for the payment.  Please make sure to include your reference number or purchase order number on the application form if you wish it to be quoted on the invoice. An invoice will then be sent out to you along with your membership card. 

You can contact the office by email: or telephone: 028 9097 8907.

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)