Students and staff of Northumbria are able to access libraries of other participating institutions by using the SCONUL access scheme.
SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. It enables staff, research students, full-time postgraduates, part time, distance learning and placement students to borrow material from other libraries. Undergraduate students can apply for reference-only access to other institutions, which can be useful during vacations or when undertaking research for dissertations.
There are 4 bands in the scheme:
Band A - Academic Staff and Research Students
Band B - Part-time, distance learning students and students on placement
Band C - Full-time postgraduate students
Band R (reference only) - Full-time undergraduates
You can apply for membership of the access scheme via the SCONUL website. Requests are generally only processed between 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday, and you must be in 'good standing' with Northumbria University Library, i.e. no outstanding fines or overdue items at the time of application.
Once your application is accepted you can visit the library of your choice, but you must take your Northumbria University smartcard and a printed copy of your acceptance email. Depending on the level of access that you have, you may be able to apply for a membership or visitor card at other institutions.
Please note, not all libraries have the same access policy and also during peak times, access may be restricted. Please check the web pages of the library you wish to visit before making your plans to visit, or call them for specific informaton and guidance.
Some local universities, such as Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, will also allow reference access to their libraries during staffed hours on production of a current Northumbria smartcard. You should contact those university libraries directly for more details or check information on their websites.