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Using the public library

Liverpool Public Libraries

As a student at Liverpool Hope you can join the public library to borrow from their physical collection as well as e-books. In addition you will have access to many business and law resources from Central Library as well as some branches. See Business Services for more information.

The following online resources are available wherever you have internet access:

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online


Oxford Dictionaries - language matters

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Language Dictionaries

Oxford Reference Online

Times Digital Archive

Who's Who

For immediate access to these resources you must register online as follows:

Go to Liverpool Public Library

Click on Read Liverpool from the toolbar under the banner image

Select Register from the top toolbar

Click on No. Join up to use Read Liverpool now (unless you already have a library card, in which case go for the Yes option)

Complete the form (you may use Liverpool Hope's postcode - L16 9JD and Building number 1 if you live beyond Liverpool City Council threshold)


Other local libraries

The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a subscription library located in Liverpool founded in 1800. The library has 60,000 items in stock and consists of a reading room, news-room, a Committee room containing rare items and the famous William Roscoe collection. The collections mainly cover history and literature.

Access, costs and membership

To become a "Friend" of the Athenaeum library you need to complete an application form.  The application needs to be sponsored by a tutor or head of department at Liverpool Hope University. 

Membership is free, but each visit costs £10 (please contact the Athenaeum Library directly if you need to make several visits).

To arrange a visit telephone 0151 709 7770.

For more information please contact your Faculty Librarian.

Location and Contact details

The Athenaeum

Church Alley


L1 3DD


T: 0151 709 7770



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