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Following the £27 million redevelopment of the Library, we are now open to members of the public.  Anyone can come and use the space on the ground floor and there are also opportunities to explore the rest of the building and our collections. 

Day Visitors

As well as making the most of our ground floor, you can also request a pass to spend a day at the Library with full access to our physical collections within the building.  You are unable to use the PCs in the building, our online resources or printing facilities, however, you can use your own devices and connect to our high speed guest Wi-Fi network. 

You will be required to show a piece of photo I.D. on each visit. Day Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  You are free to use the Library on the day you have booked between 09.00-19.45 weekdays and 09.00-17.15 on weekends.

To book, simply select the date you'd like to visit and fill in the form. You will also be asked to confirm that you will abide by the Library regulations.

What is there to see?


The Library Café is open for long hours throughout the week and at weekends. So whether you are visiting the art gallery, attending an event in the exhibition hall or studying in the Library, you can be sure of finding a relaxing space where you can enjoy hot and cold food, snacks, cakes and good barista coffee.

Exhibition Hall

The exhibition hall adjoins the art gallery and is home to temporary exhibitions and events which showcase the work of the University. Like the gallery, the exhibition hall is normally open to the public and exemplifies the University’s commitment to public engagement.

Art Gallery

The gallery provides a superb space in which to display the University’s outstanding collection of British art between 1890 and 1940. It features work by big name artists such as Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore. The gallery is open seven days a week between 10am and 5pm.


The Observatory is a highly flexible learning space designed primarily for students working together in groups. It also offers stunning views of the campus, the city and the surrounding countryside. Come here to change the way you look at Hull.

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