What is SCONUL Access?

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal borrowing scheme involving many Higher Education Libraries in the UK. If you are eligible you can join the scheme and borrow items from other libraries.

A list of libraries in the UK that participate in the scheme is available from the SCONUL Access website.


Who is eligible to use SCONUL

• Members of staff.
• Research students e.g. PhD, MPhil.
• Full time postgraduate students e.g. MA, MEd.
• Part time students.
• Students who are away on placement which lasts more than 6 weeks (borrowing access will only be granted for the length of the placement and a new application will need to be made for each placement).
• Full time undergraduate students (for reference use only).

Are you a Marjon student?

• Go to www.sconul.ac.uk and click on "Get Access".
• Use the drop down menu at the bottom of the page to start your application process.
• You will receive an email from "noreply@sconul.ac.uk" acknowledging your application.

Allow 5 working days for approval of your application. You will then receive an approval email which will also state your "band" and expiry date.

• Print a copy of this email and present it along with your Marjon library card to the library you wish to use. You can apply for membership of multiple University libraries - just remember to take a copy of the email along.
• Each university will have its own rules and regulations for SCONUL members, so it's well worth contacting them in advance.

From another University?

  • If you are not a registered Marjon Library user and you wish to participate in the scheme please make enquiries at your home library.
  • Once you have joined SCONUL Access via your home institution, please bring your confirmation email and home library card to the Marjon Library counter.