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The phased re-opening of the McClay Library commenced on 20th July 2020.  In the first instance the Library is open to staff and students of the University only.  As a result, the Associate Membership scheme remains suspended until further notice and we are not accepting applications at this time.  Current Associate Members are advised that their membership renewal date will be extended accordingly in response to the suspension, ensuring you get a full 12 months membership.  

We very much look forward to being able to welcome you back to the Library as soon as we are able to.  Library Services are continuing to monitor the current situation as it evolves and we will be in touch as soon as possible with any further updates.  The Associate Membership Team would like to thank you for your patience during this time.  The Associate Membership Office will continue to operate remotely and will respond to any queries you may have via email.  Should you have any questions regarding Associate Membership, please contact

There are two categories of membership: Associate Personal for members using the library for educational and research purposes and Associate Corporate for members using the library for research in connection with their profession or business. Corporate associate cards can be used by a named authorised employee of the member organisation.  Associate Membership is available on a renewable annual subscription basis only, 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 Members must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Northern Ireland.

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.

To apply, please complete the online form available via the below link.  Applicants will be contacted within 2 working days by the Associate Membership Scheme office to confirm membership and provide further information on payment options.  Please note that all applicants must call to the McClay Library to show current photographic ID and proof of address (up to 6 months old) to collect their card.  Further information on pricing and the application process can be found below.  For full details of the Associate Membership Scheme and information on Frequently Answered Questions, please click here.

Associate Personal Membership - Annual fees (all prices shown include VAT)

Current prices:

  • QUB Graduates                          £69
  • Recent QUB Graduates            £54 (graduated from QUB within the last 6 months)
  • All other personal associates  £120

Associate Corporate Membership - Annual fees (all prices shown include VAT)

Current prices: 

  • Full rate   £210
  • Charities   £105 


 You will be asked to show  current photographic ID and proof of address (up to 6 months old) when you collect your card.

  • Examples of photographic ID, one of the following - Current UK driving licence; Current signed passport; Current work ID; Electoral ID card.
  • Examples of proof of address, one of the following - Bank/Credit Card statement (up to 6 mths old); Bank/Building Society Passbook (with recent update); Recent utitilties bill (up to 6 mths old); Recent payslip (with home address).
  • Personal associate members may borrow up to 10 books from the unrestricted collections of any branch of the Library.
  • Corporate associate members may borrow up to 15 books from the unrestricted collections of any branch of the Library.
  • The short loan collection is not available for loan to associate members.
  • The normal loan period is 4 weeks which may be extended on request.  All books are subject to recall.
  • Some law and official publications material is for reference use only. 
  • Associate members may also make use of services such as inter-library loan and document delivery for an additional charge.
  • Please note that associate members must bring their library card with them to gain access to any of the Queen's Library sites.