Answered By: Karina Forrest
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2024     Views: 43

Community Affiliate library membership is available to teaching staff and librarians from local schools participating in the University Library's Education Outreach programme.

To apply for membership, please bring a valid school staff badge with lanyard plus proof of home address to the Philip Robinson Library during desk services opening hours.  Your smartcard will be created whilst you wait. 

Valid proof of address are: 

  • Utility bill issued within the last three months 
  • Local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year 
  • Current UK driving licence 
  • Bank or Building Society statement dated within the last three months 

We can accept scans or photographs of documents shown on smartphones or other devices. Applications will be processed whilst you wait.  

Community Affiliate smartcards are valid for 1 year and give 8 loan loans at any time.  Renewal applications are made in person at the Philip Robinson Library, you must bring your proof of employment and ID at every renewal.   

Please note that in accordance with publishers' licences, access to most electronic resources are restricted to current Newcastle University Staff and Students.  Community Affiliate members can use their own device in the library connected to the “WiFi Guest” network which is provided through Sky WiFi/The Cloud.


Community Affiliate smartcards are for access to the University Library during desk services opening hours. They do not open night doors on campus or give out of hours library access.