Answered By: Emma Sansby, BA (Hons) MA MCLIP
Last Updated: 10 May, 2016     Views: 110

SCONUL Access is the name of a scheme which entitles university students and staff members to use and borrow resources from over 170 academic libraries in the UK.  Borrowing entitlements vary from library to library.

You can normally join the SCONUL Access scheme if you are:

• a postgraduate research student registered for a PhD, EdD or similar
• a part-time, distance learning or placement student (e.g. MA)
• a full-time postgraduate* (e.g. PGCE Primary or Secondary)
• an academic staff member on an open or fixed term contract

If you are a full-time undergraduate you can join the scheme but you will only be able to use SCONUL Access libraries for reference purposes.

It is important that you join SCONUL Access before planning a visit to another member library, even if you only need reference access. To join, register online at

Full details of the scheme, together with detailed information about restrictions applying to individual libraries can be found at <>.