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Library Membership and Opening Hours

Student Membership

All students registered with Union College may borrow books in accordance with the arrangements and regulations summarised below.

  • 8 standard loan books for 4 weeks
  • Two ‘short loan’ books for 2 days, or two ‘7 day book’ loans for 7 days. (A total of 10 books).

Photocopiers are available for Library users and computer facilities are provided for registered students.

Public Membership

Members of the public may apply to become readers on payment of a membership fee. Standard membership allows you to borrow 8 books at a time for 4 weeks. At present the annual subscription rates are as follows:

  • £35 for former students of Union Theological College, Ministers, Deaconesses, Accredited Preachers and Auxiliary Ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
  • £100 for those studying for research degrees at other colleges enabling them to borrow up to 16 books for 12 weeks.
  • £50 for all others.
  • LIFE MEMBERSHIP is available to former students of Union and for ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland for £100 within one year of leaving College and for £200 thereafter.

There will also be an initial fee of £10 for a Library Card.

To become a member of The Gamble Library download the membership form below and return this to the Library along with your membership payment.

Membership Application Form

All staff and student members have access to ATLA Religion Database, ATLASerials, and our eBook collection. 

 Public Opening Hours

The public opening hours of the Library are 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.

The Library will normally close completely for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year, for one week at Easter, and for a (1-week period) in July. See the Library notice board, website or blog for details.

Computers for Student Use

Computers with word-processing, internet and email facilities are available in the Library for the use of students who are registered with Union College.   

“Logon” and registration details are available from the College Office. 

A Library Users’ Forum consisting of academic and library staff representatives, student representatives, and Managment Committee representatives meets each semester.