Using other academic libraries: the SCONUL Access scheme

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Do you sometimes spend time in another university town and would like to use their library? Does another academic library have specialist material you’d like to consult? If they are members of the SCONUL Access scheme, you can!

Kent is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, which gives you (our students and staff) borrowing rights or reference access at participating Higher Education libraries in the UK and Ireland. The scheme was suspended due to the COVID pandemic, but is reopening on 15 November.

To find out more about how the scheme works and to apply, visit the SCONUL Access website.

What access and borrowing rights you’ll get depend on the library you want to visit and on your academic status. If you’re a full-time undergraduate, you will be able to visit but not borrow from other SCONUL libraries. Staff, postgraduates and part-time, distance or placement students may get borrowing rights.

Once you’ve applied, we’ll process your application and check that you are registered at Kent and have no outstanding fines or overdue books.

Find out more about the SCONUL scheme and other ways to access material from other libraries on our using other libraries guide.

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