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Human Resources

Retired staff - Access to University IT and Library Facilities

University Library

Access to University Library facilities is an essential part of the life of Durham University's academic community, which includes both current and retired (and emeritus) academic staff. It is essential to ensure that the academic community have access to the library and that this is made as simple as possible.

Special arrangements apply to retired staff who are members of DURSA (Durham University Retired Staff Association). You can find more information here.

For those members who are retired (including emeritus staff) access to the Library is available through the University Librarian. This access would be for five years, renewable for further periods of five years.

Use of electronic resources within the Library for this group will be limited due to the contracts with providers. These resources will only be available to retired members of the community within the library itself (unless they have been granted continued IT facilities as described below). 

Those former members of staff who move to other Universities and who have a SCONUL card will be able to have access to library facilities without a fee; this is already available.

Former members of staff who are employed by other universities will have external access to electronic resources via their own University's library or IT systems. Access to Durham University's electronic resources will only be available within the Library itself.

Staff who resign may continue to have access to Library facilities under the current arrangements on application to the Librarian.

IT Accounts

Staff who retire or resign to take up a post at another HEI normally have access to IT facilities for 14 days from the end of their contract. In some cases, however, these individuals maintain strong teaching and or research links with the Department and University; thus, the period of access to IT facilities may be extended at the discretion of their Head of Department.

Staff who resign or whose employment is terminated (for reasons other than above) will normally have no access to IT facilities immediately following the date of termination. Email accounts will cease at 5:00pm on the date of termination and staff will be expected to have made alternative arrangements for these services.

Special arrangements apply to retired staff who are members of DURSA (Durham University Retired Staff Association). You can find more information here