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Support for Researchers at the University of Derby

Inter Library Loans

Our Inter Library Loans (ILL) service provides access to items (books, book chapters and journal articles) which are not held in our libraries. You can request items online and journal articles can be delivered directly to your email inbox.

For more information please see the Inter Library Loan web pages.

Library catalogues

COPAC (Combined University Research Libraries Catalogue) COPAC provides free access to the merged online catalogues of over 70 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland and the British Library.

British Library Public Online Catalogue This service provides simple searching of the British Library's extensive collections. Please note that when using the University of Derby's ILL service, requests for material are automatically sent to the British Library Document Supply Service, if the item is not in stock at Derby.


Please Note:  Due to the current Covid situation, the SCONUL Access Scheme has been temporarily suspended.  No New registrations are being processed.  If you have previously visited another university library under this scheme please contact them in advance to check if they are accepting external visitors.  This information may be available on their website.


The SCONUL Access scheme is a reciprocal scheme enabling academic staff and research students to borrow material from over 170 other libraries.

To qualify for the SCONUL Access scheme you must be registered as a library user and have no current or previous fines or offences registered on your account.

You can find out more details about the scheme and apply online at If your application is approved, we will send you a confirmation email which you need to print and take to the libraries you want to join. You can use the same email to apply to different  libraries.

You will also need your University of Derby ID card. This will allow other libraries to identify you as a member of the scheme.


Access to Research in public libraries

Access to Research is an initiative which makes over 1.5 million academic articles available, free of charge, in Derby City and other public libraries in the UK. You have to visit the library and be a member to search the database of articles. You will be able to read selected articles from a journal but please be aware you may not be able to access the full archive of a journal. Find out more at