Information for users

Visiting users

Visitors to University of West London libraries

University of West London libraries exist primarily to support the teaching and research needs of the University’s own students and staff. Use of the libraries by external visitors is currently permitted for residents of the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow and those covered under the terms of a recognised reciprocal scheme or partnership agreement as detailed below.

SCONUL Access: Students/Staff from other UK HE Institutions

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 undergraduate students 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.

In order to use UWL libraries under the terms of this scheme, you will first need to complete the online application form. If your application is approved you will be sent a confirmation email from your home institution. Please allow for up to 7 days for your application to be processed, and note that your application may be rejected if you have outstanding fines or overdue loans at your home institution.

Important Information for Sconul Access Users visiting our Libraries

Your first visit

Any student wishing to use the UWL Library through the Sconul Access scheme is required to register with us as a UWL Library Sconul Access user. You must bring with you a valid library or student ID card for your home institution and a copy of the email you will have received from your home institution granting permission to use the scheme. This initial visit must be during Library staffed hours as advertised on the library website.  You will be refused entry if you arrive outside of staffed hours.

Subsequent visits

Any student wishing to use the UWL Library through the Sconul Access scheme is permitted to use our facilities at any time including overnight during term time 24/7 opening as long as you enter the building before 21.30.  You will only be allowed access with the following pieces of ID which you are required to keep with you at all times, and to show to a member of UWL staff upon request.

  • Your home institution library or student ID card
  • The UWL Library Card issued on your initial visit which must be visible at all times.

You will not be allowed entry to the UWL Library after 21.30 during 24/7 periods even if you have the required permissions.

Access to the UWL Library during UWL vacation periods is permitted only during campus opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday 8:00am to 9:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 6:00pm
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M25 Scheme

Staff and researchers from participating members of the M25 Consortium who are not also Sconul members (see above) are entitled to limited borrowing rights at UWL libraries on production of a valid M25 Scheme card together with their home library or institutional ID card.

You can also search a catalogue of the combined collections of nearly 60 world-renowned institutions and specialist collections within the M25 consortium.

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Partnership Institutions

Students and staff of institutions in partnership with University of West London may be entitled to access some UWL library resources as defined by the contract currently in place between the University and the partnership institution. For details of our current partners please see our partner institutions page.

Please note it is the responsibility of the partnership institution itself to provide primary access to appropriate resources for any particular course of study undertaken there.

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UWL Alumni

Please see our Alumni page.

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Members of the Public

At present we are unable to allow access from members of the public to the UWL libraries.  Special arrangements are in place for residents of the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.

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Children in the Library

The University does not consider its premises are suitable for children and would strongly advise parents to avoid bringing their children into any of our buildings. If you do need to bring children in to the UWL libraries you may do so, during our regular staffed opening hours, provided that they are accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them while they are on the premises. Please be aware that the libraries are a place of study and that you may be asked to leave by library or university staff if children are causing a disturbance to other users.

No child or young person under 18 years of age is permitted to remain on university premises outside of the following times unless they are taking part in an organised activity:

  • Monday to Friday 08:30 to 20:00
  • Saturday to Sunday 08:30 to 18:00hrs 

The university reserves the rights to amend these access times without notice for significant operational or child protection reasons. For more information, please see the University policy on children on our premises.

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Borrowing rights and access to resources

If you are entitled to borrowing rights at UWL, you would normally be able to borrow up to 3 standard loan items at any time, and to renew these via our automated system in the same way as our own students and staff.

Sconul Access members are allowed to borrow our resources if your Sconul Band is either A, B or C. Band R is for reference access only.

Visiting users are not entitled to borrow 1-week loan and next-day loan items; standard loan items may be borrowed for three weeks at a time.

If your home institution uses the Eduroam wifi connection you will be able to use this at UWL to connect your laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Access to university computers and printing facilities is not available to visiting users.

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Information for UWL staff/students visiting other libraries

Students and staff of UWL wishing to visit other higher education libraries, please see our own Sconul Access page.

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