As Covid restrictions ease and we are increasing the number of study spaces available in all of our libraries, we are now gradually resuming our access schemes.

From Monday September 6th 2021:

  • Greenwich alumni are permitted to use the libraries again
  • Access for children resumes (we ask that they use the socially distanced areas, or group rooms only when they reopen).  We plan to reopen our bookable study rooms from the beginning of term.

From Wednesday 15th November:

SCONUL are consulting on the return of the Access Scheme, and are proposing a date of the 15th November for resuming the full scheme. A final decision on this will be made at the beginning of November.

We welcome visitors from:

  1. Our Partner Colleges
  2. Alumni
  3. Clinical Staff in NHS Hospital Trusts (Avery Hill and Medway libraries only)

We are unable to offer access to students from Local schools, Sixth form Colleges, Colleges of Further Education and UTCs.

Our Partner Colleges

Those studying, or teaching, on a University of Greenwich validated programme at one of the university's partner institutions are able to use our libraries; you will need a Greenwich Gateway Card to gain entry to the libraries.

If you are a student and don't have a Greenwich Gateway Card, contact the Student Helpline and they will be able to arrange this for you. Please include your 9 digit University of Greenwich student number in the email. Partner staff have to be issued with a Greenwich Gateway Card; to arrange this contact

You may be able to borrow from any of the University of Greenwich libraries, view student and staff entitlements here (opens in a new window).


Members of the University of Greenwich Alumni network are entitled to library access across all campuses.

  • Reference only to existing Alumni — free of charge until 30 November 2021.
  • Library access fee — £50 per annum.

Library access at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street libraries:

Library access at Avery Hill and Stockwell Street libraries is currently on hold due to limited building capacity. However online access to journals is available. First apply to the Alumni office. Once your registration has been verified and approved, you will receive login credentials to access Sage Journals and JSTOR.

Due to the University’s licensing obligations, alumni can not currently use university computers or any electronic information products, other than online catalogues and specific alumni-only resources as mentioned above.

Alumni can also access a range of open access resources for study, research and lifelong learning.

To gain free Wi-Fi access please speak to library staff who will issue you with login credentials via eduroam Visitor Access. These credentials will be valid for 12 months from the date of creation.

Access to the Drill Hall library:

Please refer to Membership schemes - Drill Hall Library (

Additional Information:

Visit the Alumni & Friends home page to explore more about your place in our global community of over 250,000 alumni, and the other ways they can support you in your graduate journey.

Clinical Staff in NHS Hospital Trusts

Clinical Staff in NHS Hospital Trusts for which the university provides education and training for nurses, midwives and other staff can join the Avery Hill or Medway library and borrow up to 5 items from the Health stock.

As clinical staff you will not have access to the Stockwell Street library.

If you wish to join the Avery Hill or Medway library please visit during core library hours – Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm..

Please bring with you a passport size photograph, your current NHS ID card for your hospital trust and proof of your home address. We also require a letter from your Manager on headed paper confirming employment (not a contract). We will make up a membership card for you, usually within 5 working days.

You must present your card every time you wish to use the library.

You can borrow up to 5 books from the health stock at Avery Hill and Medway. You can also access the internet using Govroam if you bring your own device with you (please follow your own organisation's instructions for connecting to Govroam).

Unfortunately you will not have access to databases, e-journals, reservations or document supply.

Before you visit, please check the following information: (links open in a new window)

Visiting our Archives

If you are interested in visiting our archives, please see our information on how to gain access, which is by appointment only, and on completion of the Archives Agreement.

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