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Using other libraries - Students: SCONUL Access - Students

About SCONUL Access services for students allowing access to other university libraries

You can access other libraries locally and in the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland for free using the SCONUL Access scheme.

This is a service supported by many higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. When you have registered with the service, you can visit and may be able to borrow from other participating higher education libraries.

You need to be on a course which lasts for at least 1 year to apply.

The level of access you can have to other libraries depends on your course, because SCONUL Access put types of courses into ‘bands’ which allow different levels of access.

SCONUL Access - course, band and access

Type of course

SCONUL band Level of access

Full-time undergraduates

Band R

Reference only

Part-time or

Distance learning or

Placement students (placements 6 weeks plus)

Band B

Borrowing

Full-time postgraduates

Band C

Borrowing

Postgraduate research students

Band A

Borrowing

Some libraries do not allow SCONUL Access visits:

  • from all SCONUL Access bands

  • during exams or other busy periods

If you plan to visit a library under the SCONUL Access scheme, you should contact them first.

To join visit our Join SCONUL Access page.

For more information, the SCONUL Access website has useful information about the scheme.