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Accessing Other Libraries

This guide provides information on accessing other libraries using the SCONUL Access scheme, along with useful links to other library catalogues.

SCONUL Access Scheme

If visiting the University of Derby Libraries is an impractical option for you, there may be another library nearer to your home or place of work that you can use. The SCONUL Access scheme is the best way of gaining admission to a large number of participating libraries in the UK. Please remember that access is not a right.

SCONUL Access scheme

This scheme enables part-time, distance, and placement students to borrow material from other higher-education libraries in closer proximity to where you live or work. Many of the UK University and HE colleges have joined the arrangement.


To join, you must first have a valid University of Derby ID card. You can then apply to join by completing the online form on the SCONUL Access website.

Access to computers

Some libraries in the SCONUL Access scheme also provide limited access to computing facilities. You will need to be a SCONUL Access member, as detailed above.

To find out what is offered, please get in touch directly with the library you want to visit.

Computing facilities, where offered, usually include access to the Internet and a suite of office applications. Do not expect to access another library's electronic resources - publishers' copyright forbids this.

Other Library Catalogues

Inter Library Loans

If there is a specific book or journal article that you need which held by another library, you may be able to request the item by inter library loan.  Further information on this service can be found here.