Visitor Information and Borrower Schemes

Swansea University students and staff are free to use the Libraries and its resources.  You will need to bring along your ID card to check out materials.

 Swansea University Libraries are members of borrowing/reading schemes throughout the UK.  Below are the schemes that allow access to our visitors, and allow our users to access other libraries.


Libraries Together

The Libraries Together passport allows any current member of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire public library services to have free borrowing access at all public libraries covered by these areas along with free borrowing access at Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea College, Neath Port Talbot College, Gorseinon College, and Pembrokeshire College.  Please visit your nearest public library branch and join the library if you are not already a member.  Ask for a Libraries Together passport stating which college or Higher Education library you want to join.  Take the passport along to your chosen library, and they will register you as a borrower.  This scheme is managed by SWAMP (South West And Mid Wales Partnership) and funded by MALD (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales).


Swansea University is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme.  This allows academic staff,  postgraduate research students, full-time postgraduates, part-time, distance learning or placement students toborrow from other HE libraries across the UK who are members of the scheme.  This guide explains how you can join the SCONUL Access scheme.   

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Library and Knowledge Service

Library services are delivered from five sites, Cefn Coed Hospital (psychiatry), Morriston Hospital, Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Princess of Wales Hospital and Singleton Hospital.

 The libraries are open to anyone who:

  • works for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
  • is a student on the Graduate Entry Medicine course at the College of Medicine, Swansea University.
  • is a member of staff at the College of Medicine, Swansea University holding a joint University / NHS contract.
  • works in primary care in the locality area.
  • is a student on placement from Cardiff University.
  • is a nursing student on placement from the University of Glamorgan (Princess of Wales Hospital only).

Those wishing to use the library for reference purposes must make themselves known to Library staff. Admittance is at the discretion of Library staff. Reference use is only available during staffed hours and no attempt should be made to enter the libraries out of hours.

Further details at:


Visitor access to online library resources

Visitors to Swansea University can access some of our electronic resources via our “Walk-in Access” portal:

Members of the public, visiting staff and students from other universities can now access academic databases and journals normally restricted to Swansea University staff and students. This work has been completed following the CyMAL / WHELF “Walk-in Access Wales” project, a cross-Wales collaboration to widen access to university library resources.

Simply connect your device to the Swansea University Visitor Wi-fi network and then visit to find links to the subscription resources we are able to make available. If you need help using this service, visit the Customer Service desk in any of our libraries.

(Swansea University staff and students should use our subject guides or the iFind library catalogue to access our full range of subscription resources both on and off campus.)