In line with Government guidelines, and following the closure of – or limited access to - library buildings, the SCONUL Access scheme will be suspended until further notice. No new applications can be made during this period.
To use the British Library reading rooms, you'll need to already have a Reader Pass with an expiry date of or after 18 March 2020. You can find further information on using the reading rooms on the British Library website.
As a student here, you'll be able to join or visit a range of other academic libraries in the UK, as well as order books from other libraries.
Individual, online library catalogues can also be searched - talk to your Academic Liaison Librarian for guidance and tips.
Other university libraries
The SCONUL Access scheme allows you to visit a range of other academic libraries for reference and, in some cases, to borrow items too.
The scheme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students here, as well as most academic staff and research students. It is not open to alumni, visitors of the University or short course students and the staff who teach them.
The reciprocal access scheme is run by the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) and most university and college libraries in the UK and Ireland are participants.
How do I join the scheme?
To check your eligibility and join the scheme, visit the SCONUL Access website.
Accessing the libraries during vacations
During vacation periods, you can use your University ID card to access other academic libraries for reference.
Note that associate students can use this scheme only if their College is a SCONUL member.
Visit the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme webpage for details.
University College London libraries
Staff and postgraduate research students have access to UCL Library Services via the SCONUL Access scheme.
Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students do not have access to UCL Library Services.
The British Library is the UK's national research library and contains some of the best collections in the world, including over 45,000 electronic journals and 800 electronic databases.
Most resources are only available from British Library workstations within the library's reading rooms and Business & IP Centre.
The British Library is open to all, but where possible you should first try to find the items you need in other academic or public libraries.
Society and museum libraries
Many societies and museums have libraries and archives that may be useful to you.
Speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice on available libraries for your subject.