SCONUL Access Scheme
What is this Scheme?
It is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland.
Who can use it?
- Academic staff on open or fixed term contracts
- Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
- Part-time, distance learning and placement students
- Full-time postgraduates
Important - for students registered on non accredited online courses via the Continuing Education Short Courses scheme
Students studying on the above courses are NOT entitled to apply for SCONUL Access cards.
Full time undergraduate students
SCONUL Access also provides for a reference only service for full-time undergraduate students. These students are NOT entitled to borrow from other Libraries under the SCONUL Access scheme.
I am eligible to borrow through the scheme how do I join?
Eligible individuals must :-
- Apply online via the SCONUL ACCESS webpage
- Select your user category (e.g. Part Time Undergraduate) from the drop down list, then select 'University of Exeter' as your home institution.
- This will then display the Universities you are eligible to access. Click on 'see results as a list' and scroll through the drop down list or click on the map tab and enter a postcode to search for accessible institutions in a particular area.
- When you have found the details of an institution you want to visit click on 'Apply for Access' then fill in and submit the online form.
- You will then receive two emails: the first is a "Library Access Application Notification" email confirming that your application is being processed. The second email will approve your request and welcome you to the SCONUL scheme.
- Print out the second email and take this, along with your Exeter UniCard to each institution you have been approved to visit and staff there will enrol you.
- You must abide by the regulations of any library you join under SCONUL Access. They may not allow you to borrow from all of their collections (e.g. loan of periodicals or short loan items may not be possible) so it is worth checking with them before visiting.
Please note - during the Easter vacation and summer exam periods, some Libraries may restrict access for Sconul Access card holders, particularly those with Sconul Access reference cards. Restrictions are most likely to be put in place by University Libraries in London and other large cities. If you are going to use another Library over this period, you are advised to check with them first about any temporary changes to access, particularly before making any travel arrangements.
I am from another institution - can I visit Exeter Libraries?
If you are eligible for a SCONUL Access card, please apply online to access University of Exeter Libraries then bring a print out of your approval email and your own University ID card to the Library Desk at the Forum Library or St Luke's Library. It is a good idea to check our opening hours before visiting. Once you have presented your validated SCONUL Access email and home institution ID, you will be issued with a library borrowing card. You will be able to borrow up to four items from Exeter - this includes any type of material.
Electronic access for SCONUL Access borrowers is available via the Walk In PCs located at the Forum Library and St Luke's Library. This will allow external users to view some of our online resources subject to licence restrictions. Please see staff at the Desk for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.