IT and Library Services

Library: Reciprocal borrowing (SCONUL)

SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

SCONUL is The Society of College, National and University Libraries. It's a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland that enables staff, research students, full time postgraduate and part-time, distance learning and placement students to borrow material from other libraries. Restrictions to this service may be put in place during busy periods.

Key Service Information

Features and Benefits

  • Access for eligible users to over 170 higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.
  • If you are eligible to borrow you may take up to five items at any one time.
  • Wireless access to the eduroam network is available to students from participating. universities, via their own laptops. However, no other IT facilities are available.


The service is available to all members of university staff and students


    Support hours:

    09.00 - 17.00 weekdays other than University and Bank Holidays

    User service issues:

    Any dissatisfaction with the service should be addressed in the first instance to the IT Service Desk:
    Telephone: 020 8331 7555, visit the IT Service Desk pages or you may also submit a query online

Help & further information

Please be advised that during busy periods (including, but not limited to, revision and exam times), our libraries may be unable to offer access to SCONUL users.

For further information please see the SCONUL LibGuide

  • Other relevant information can be found in: