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How to take part in the SCONUL Access scheme

What is SCONUL Access?

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to access books, journals and study space at other libraries which belong to the scheme. Sometimes books may be borrowed too. The scheme covers many university libraries in the UK and Ireland but you will need to check that your institution is taking part. The University of Northampton does take part in the scheme. We recommend you find out more about SCONUL Access before applying.

I am a University of Northampton student / staff member and I want to visit another university library.

Apply for SCONUL Access and we will process your application. You will be contacted with further details on how to take part. Please be patient as we may be processing a large number of applications following the post-pandemic reintroduction of the scheme. If you have any questions about applying for SCONUL Access, check out Frequently asked questions about SCONUL Access or email library.membership@northampton.ac.uk.

I am a student / member of staff at another university and I want to visit the University of Northampton library.

Apply for SCONUL Access and your application will be processed by your home institution if they participate. You can search to check that your home institution takes part in the SCONUL Access scheme, or contact your library. SCONUL will only accept applications from participating institutions. You will be contacted with further details on how to take part. Please be patient as they may be processing a large number of applications following the post-pandemic reintroduction of the scheme. If you have any questions about applying for SCONUL Access, check out frequently asked questions about SCONUL Access or contact your home institution’s library.

Once you have had confirmation from SCONUL that your application has been approved by your home institution, you should complete the University of Northampton SCONUL application form. You will need available:

  • Your SCONUL acceptance email or letter
  • A digital photo of yourself
  • A picture, copy or scan of your university ID.

More detail can be found on the form. The form is only suitable for SCONUL applications. If you need any help during your SCONUL application, please email library.membership@northampton.ac.uk