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Associate Membership Scheme: What is Associate Membership


​​​​​In order to ensure the safety of all Users and staff and to facilitate social distancing, the Library has introduced a limit on the number of people allowed into the McClay Library at any one time.  We would therefore recommend that you check the occupancy of the library in advance of your visit by clicking here

  • Face coverings are mandatory when in the Library, including when seated.
  • Ensure your face covering is worn appropriately, covering both nose and mouth.
  • Where possible, maintain social distancing.
  • Wash your hands and use sanitiser regularly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces - cleaning stations and hand sanitising stations are in place around all libraries. 
  • Please adhere to signage and follow the directional systems in place throughout the building. 
  • Windows are open throughout the building to ensure adequate ventilation. 
  • Borrowing is contactless via the self-issue machines. 
  • Browsing is allowed but only one person in a book aisle at any one time. 
  • Face coverings are also available at Library reception if you forget to bring one.

Given the changing nature of the pandemic, facilities and services may be subject to change. Up to date information on available library services is available from

The Associate Membership Office will respond to any queries you may have via email, please contact

Introduction to the Associate Membership Scheme

Queen’s University Library primarily provides support for current staff and students of the University.  However, a membership scheme 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 scheme 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. 

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

There are two categories of membership:

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

  • Associate Corporate for members using the Library in connection with their profession or business.  Corporate membership is taken out in the name of the business who supply details of the employee who is authorised to use the library card. Additional cards can be taken out, at a reduced fee, for other named employees of the business.  

  • Associate Charity for Registered Charities. This is the same as Corporate membership, detailed above, but the first card is given at a reduced rate.

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Library Services for Associate Members

Please refer to the Library Website for full details on new measures that have been introduced, before you visit the library. In order to help plan your visit, we would recommend that you check the occupancy of the library in advance of your visit by clicking here

Face Coverings are a requirement in the Library.

Library associate membership is offered on a renewable 12 month subscription basis. 

Applicants must complete an online application form and make their membership payment online.

Membership runs for one year from the date of joining. The membership year starts from the date of application and members will receive notification from the Associate Membership team when their membership is due for renewal. 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)
  • On campus access to a limited selection of electronic resources (licence dependent). Library electronic resources may only be used for private and non-commercial research. There is no off campus access to electronic resources.
  • Access to QUB WiFi
  • Inter Library Loans (fee applicable for each ILL, payable on receipt of the item).
  • Please note that we do not supply ILLs for commercial purposes.

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

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 Scheme

Medical & HSC Library

Mulhouse Building

Royal Victoria Hospital

Belfast      BT12 6DP


Library Help

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Associate Membership Help - FAQs