1. Some libraries are not currently participating in the access scheme

    • You are not guaranteed access to an institution because you previously used it.
    • Check before you visit using the application search function HERE
  2. You must reapply for library access if your approval has expired

    • All information about applying for the Access Scheme is available HERE
      • Look online before you contact your library, the library you wish to visit or SCONUL
    • Do not visit an institution until your new application has been approved.
    • Your own library is responsible for considering and processing your application – please be patient.
  3. Allow time for your application to be processed

    • An extremely high volume of applications is being processed.
    • In some cases you may need to wait up to 4 weeks.
    • Do not pressure library staff at your home institution - it will not speed up your application!
    • Do not call or visit your chosen library or SCONUL about your application - it will not speed up the process!
  4. Check on the day you would like to visit whether the institution you would like to visit is participating

    • This allows for any sudden changes to pandemic-related restrictions.
    • Check online using the application search function HERE

Please also remember access granted under the Scheme is a privilege and not a right.

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SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to study spaces or books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. Some library users may be able to borrow print books from other libraries too.

To find out more about the scheme, who is eligible, and how it works, explore the links on the left-hand side of the screen.

To apply for SCONUL Access: 

  • First, complete the two steps below and click ‘Find’
  • Select the library you wish to use. Note: once your application has been approved, you can use any of the libraries on this list. You need not reapply for each library.
  • Click 'Apply for Access' and complete the form.

Your application will be processed by your home institution library. Waiting times vary; for more information, contact your home institution. Once your application is processed, you will receive an approval email with further details on how to take part in the scheme. 


STEP #3: You are eligible for the following universities and colleges:

Select any filter and click on Apply to see results