Using other libraries

SCONUL Access

Using Other UK University Libraries

University of West London is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. This is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland granting reciprocal access to eligible students and staff.

In most cases, eligible UWL undergraduate students applying to another UK university library will be given access for reference only, with no borrowing rights.

Academic staff, most postgraduate students and part-time, distance learning and placement students are entitled to limited borrowing rights.

To apply for SCONUL Access please complete the online application form.

Please allow up to seven days for your SCONUL Access application to be processed. You will receive two emails, firstly to inform you that your application has been sent for approval, and secondly to confirm whether your application has been approved or declined.

If your application has been approved, you must take this second email confirming your SCONUL access band and expiry date to the library you wish to visit, along with your UWL ID card.

Please note that your application may be rejected if you have outstanding charges or overdue loans on your UWL library account.

Access to other libraries is often restricted during exam periods. You are strongly advised to check the institution's own website for information before visiting it.

If the institution you wish to visit also uses the Eduroam wifi connection you will be able to use this to connect your laptop or other device. You will not usually be able to use another institution's computer facilities or electronic resources.

SCONUL Vacation Access

UWL students are also entitled to use any UK university library that is a member of the SCONUL scheme during that institution's vacation period, for reference purposes only, on production of their UWL student ID card.

To search for resources available at other institutions you can use the Search25 website.

If another institution has a resource you are looking for but you don't want to visit it you may be able to get it via Inter-Library Loan.

Get in touch

Email us: library@uwl.ac.uk

Call us: 020 8231 2405 (Ealing) or 020 8209 4434 (Reading, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)