Using the Library – Visitors and alumni

Visitors are welcome at any of the six UWA libraries.

Visitors may access our large collection of books, journals and other materials, including a selection of electronic resources, during our extensive opening hours. Library staff are available to help with any enquiries.

You’ll find our libraries have many comfortable spaces to read or work, as well as convenient facilities including cafés at the Reid and Marshall libraries.

If you're interested in borrowing from our large collection of specialised research materials, various types of membership options are available.

Members of the University Library can borrow and request more than 900,000 items, while a UWA Graduates membership includes online access to a selection of research databases.

Membership types

Staff and students from other universities

Staff and students from Australian and New Zealand universities may apply for free reciprocal membership. Proof of enrolment/employment from your home university is essential. Apply in person at any UWA library. Curtin, ECU, Murdoch or Notre Dame applicants can apply online below. Allow two working days for the library to process your registration. Note that membership is valid until the 28th February of the year following application.

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Official visitors to UWA

Visiting staff and students may apply for Visitor membership, which allows borrowing and remote access to online resources.

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Former UWA staff and retirees

Former UWA staff (with at least 15 years’ work experience at UWA) and UWA retirees can apply for free Affiliate library membership. Members receive a UWA Campus Card that serves as their library card.

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UWA graduates

All UWA graduates may apply for free Affiliate library membership. UWA Graduates membership includes online access to an array of online research databases to support ongoing scholarly interests and professional development.

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Friends of the Library

Friends of the UWA Library supports the UWA Library by acquiring items for its collections and generating interest in UWA Library services and collections. You can become a Friend of the Library for 12 months for $30. Contact us for further information about joining. Friends of the Library members are then able to apply for Affiliate library membership with reduced fees. Members receive a UWA Campus Card that serves as their library card. Fees are listed below.

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Any member of the community who is interested in UWA’s specialised research materials may apply for community membership, which includes borrowing rights. Members receive a UWA Campus Card that serves as their library card. Fees are listed below.

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Membership fees

Join the Friends of the Library group for only $30 for 12 months and enjoy reduced Library membership fees.

Duration Friends (REDUCED RATE) community
6 months $55 $88
12 months $99 $165
3 years $264 $462
10 years $770 $1430
Life On application On application

Eligible concession card holders (Commonwealth Health Care Card, Seniors Health Card, Pensioner Concession Card and WA State Seniors Card) are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on membership rates. Health Care Card holders are eligible for this discount on six- and 12-month memberships only.


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