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2020 The public, alumni, other universities and schools



As a member of the public you have access to a number of University of Worcester resources in The Hive. This is a result of our partnership with Worcester County Council. When you borrow University resources, our regulations apply.

You can borrow 12 three-week loan items and one University High Demand two-week loan item.

You have access to over 45,000 academic journals via our research databases. You can access these databases from one of The Hive’s computers, or your own device within the building. Please use these databases for non-commercial purposes only.

You can get help with your research from our team of Academic Liaison Librarians

For more information about using The Hive as a member of the public see The Hive website.




Once you have completed your studies at the University of Worcester you will be entitled to alumni membership. Bring ID showing your name and address to The Hive and request an alumni borrowing card. Bring along your student card if you can.

This will give you access to 

  • 3x University High Demand (blue sticker) books (members of the public can only borrow one)
  • 12x three week loan items.

If you already have Worcestershire County Council library membership but haven’t got alumni status, please ask a member of staff to change your status.

Please give us your personal email address so that you can continue to receive library notifications.

You can also access research databases, computers and wifi within The Hive, as a member of the public.

If you have any questions about using library services or resources, please contact our Ask a Librarian team.



Other universities

If you are from another university and wish to use The Hive, you will need to apply via your home institution on SCONUL’s website.

Once your application has been approved, visit The Hive with a copy of your SCONUL Access acceptance email and your home university’s student ID or staff card. You will be issued with a borrowing card and will have borrowing rights at The Hive for the duration of your SCONUL Access membership.  You will be entitled to borrow a minimum of 13 items.

You will also be able to use our computers and access walk-in research databases. We offer Eduroam wifi, please check with your home institution for access details.



Schools and colleges

Research skills workshops

We offer research skills workshops for sixth form and further education college students.  Our workshops include using The Hive for independent research and project work; exploring journals; evaluating information for academic research and referencing top tips. We can deliver in The Hive, at your institution or online as an interactive webinar. 

Workshops can be tailored to the needs of your students, so let us know if you have an idea not mentioned here.

As well as offering workshops for A-level and EPQ students, we are keen to hear from you if you are delivering a vocational programme at Level 3.

To book a Hive visit or workshop for sixth form or college students, contact Ros Sykes.

For library activities for Key Stage 1-4, please see The Hive school visits packages and book via The Hive admin team.

Study Happy

Study Happy is for anyone studying in Worcester but is especially aimed at students from year ten and above.

If you work in a school, sixth form or further or higher education setting, we can work with you to deliver Study Happy for your students.

Study Happy can be delivered at The Hive or in your institution with possible visits including a mini Study Happy fair, Ask a Librarian on tour, wellbeing workshops from University students and more.

If you have an idea for a Study Happy visit, or would like to discuss what we can deliver, contact Ask a Librarian.