Upgrading Academic Visitor Library cards

The Library is upgrading the card Academic Visitors have for Library use.Campus_card_associate

In future those who are not members of staff or students but have a close relationship with the University and are sponsored by their department will be able to register their Associate Campus card as their Library card.

All Library privileges will remain the same, only the name will change from Academic Visitor to Associate member.

As well as being able to borrow books the new Associate Campus card can be used as a photocopying card and will enable users to access the Library during Examinations and other restricted periods.  The Associate Campus card also gives members greater flexibility in managing their Library account with the ability to pay fines online.

If you already have an Associate Campus card it can be used to replace an exisiting Academic Visitor Library card.  If you do not already have one and you are already a Library member it will be provided for you from the Ground Floor Information Desk on request.

Full details about the Associate Campus card can be found on the University’s Campus card webpage.

For full details of Library membership for Associates please see our membership webpage.


Rebecca Ashley, Library User Services on behalf of Nick Hollis, Library User Services Manager

Disruption to Campus card payments during upgrade

The University is making major improvements to the cashless payment system in the coming days.  Once the upgrade is complete it will be much easier to manage your Campus card account with one online balance to pay for printing, photocopying, Library fines and your lunch!

Whilst work is carried out to make these improvements the Campus card payment system will be unavailable.

From Wednesday 20 July at 17:00 until 17:00 on Monday 1 August it will not be possible to:

  • Top-up online via the Campus card portal
  • Top-up using cash at the kiosk in the Library
  • Make any payments using your Campus card
  • Pay Library fines online via the Campus card portal

If you have any problems printing or photocopying during the upgrade please go to the IT help desk on the 1st floor of the Library.

It will still be possible to pay Library fines using cash or debit/credit cards in person at the Ground floor Information Desk or by calling 0118 378 8770 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please email campuscard@reading.ac.uk with any questions.

Rebecca Ashley, Library User Services