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Associate Membership Scheme: What is Associate Membership


Complimentary Summer access to the McClay Library, for current associate members, has now been extended until 30th September 2021.  We will not be accepting new membership applications at this time.

Library management will continue to review when the scheme will be re-opened fully in line with the latest advice from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Public Health Agency regarding COVID-19.  A further update on the scheme will be sent out as we approach 19th September 2021. Please note, once the scheme resumes fully, your membership will then be extended by the number of months you had left, ensuring you get a full twelve months of membership.

Given the changing nature of the pandemic, this arrangement is subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time. E.G. if restrictions increase/decrease in the future, then the facilities and services may not be delivered as described.

The safety of everyone is our greatest priority, social distancing and hygiene measures are in place and we ask that you refer to the Library Website for full details of these measures, before you visit the library.  

Face Coverings are a requirement in the Library.    

The Associate Membership Office will continue to operate remotely and will respond to any queries you may have via email, please contact, there is no telephone service at present.

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

Current Associate Members have been given complimentary Summer access to the McClay Library. This access has been extended until Sunday 19th September 2021.  Please refer to the Library Website for full details on new measures that have been introduced, before you visit the library. We are not accepting new applications at this time.   

Face Coverings are a requirement in the Library.

Library associate membership is offered on a renewable annual subscription basis. 

Applicants must complete an online application form.

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



Telephone: 028 9097 8907

Library Help

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