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Covid-19 changes to access arrangements

Please note: Access to the JB Priestley Library is restricted to current staff and students at this time. There has been a significant reduction in the number of study spaces available to protect our users against Covid-19. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Information for visitors

New external members are only registered during our staffed hours. Please check our opening hours before travelling.



SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library members to borrow or use books at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic the SCONUL Access Scheme has had to be suspended. SCONUL are not processing new or renewal applications. Participating libraries, including the JB Priestley Library, are unable to accept external visitors because capacity is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing and the requirement to abide by relevant government guidelines.

We do not know when the scheme will restart. Currently it looks unlikely that it will be back up and running again before the end of this academic year (2020/2021).

Bradford College students

Students from Bradford College may not use the library unless prior permission has been obtained by the College Director of Learning Resources, on their behalf. Where such permission has been granted the letter of authority must be produced.

Members of the public and community researchers

Members of the public may have limited access to the university library collections as follows:

  1. Special Collections has over 100 collections of archives and rare books on University history, Bradford, the Yorkshire Dales, peace, archaeology and much more.
    Due to the current pandemic a limited scan and send service is available to enable our researchers to access our collections digitally, please contact to discuss.
  2. The Commonweal Collection is an independent specialist library concerned with issues relating to non-violent social change. 
    Access and new applications for access have been temporarily suspended due to the current pandemic. For current members that would like to borrow items from the collection, please email  
  3. University of Bradford theses. Applications have been temporarily suspended due to the current pandemic.
  4. Community research groups may wish to organise an induction session for group members once the library is able to accommodate external visitors again. Please contact
  5. Members of the public may consult specific books or journals to which there is no other reasonable local access. Applications should be made in advance to the Welcome Desk in order that the availability of the items can be verified. 
    Applications have been temporarily suspended due to the current pandemic.
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Privacy policy

This notice applies to members of the University of Bradford library who are not registered students or members of staff of the University.

Data collected includes

  • name;
  • title;
  • address;
  • email address;
  • UB number (Bradford graduates only);
  • name of home institution, membership type and home institution card number (SCONUL Access members only);
  • name of home institution and card number (HE and FE members outside the SCONUL Access scheme);
  • name of home institution (school visitors);
  • photograph and
  • usage data, including entries made and items borrowed.

The data given will be used for the purpose of giving access to services provided by the University of Bradford library.

Statistics collected on usage are gathered anonymously.

Data relating to most of our users will not be used for marketing purposes. The exceptions are Commonweal and Special Collections users who may receive occasional messages relating to these collections.

Data will be deleted no later than the September following expiry of the account, unless there are unpaid fines or one or more books on the account. In this case, data will be retained for the purpose of debt recovery.

Data will be shared with a third party only for purposes of debt recovery, and, in the case of student members, with the student’s home institution in the event of misconduct.

Users can withdraw consent at any time by emailing Access to the library will cease as soon as the data we hold is deleted.

Contact us

JB Priestley Library

Richmond Road
University of Bradford
West Yorkshire

Tel. 01274 233301 

To contact the University’s Data Protection Officer, please call 01274 233021 or email

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.

Contact and find us

JB Priestley Library
Richmond Road
University of Bradford
West Yorkshire

Tel. 01274 233301 


Details about contacting the University of Bradford and for how to get here (including maps) can be found on the University's contact page.