SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland. It enables staff and eligible students to borrow material from other libraries. If you plan to visit a university library in the Republic of Ireland, you may wish to consider the ALCID Scheme.

Who can use SCONUL Access?

Band A members
Academic staff on open or fixed term contracts.
Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification awarded purely by research.

Band B members
Part-time, distance learning and placement students.
Full-time students on a placement of six weeks or more on a course running for a minimum of one academic year and leading to a HE award.
 
Band C members
Full-time taught post-graduate students.

Band R members
Reference only access to members not covered above, e.g. full time undergraduates.


We expect all applicants to be registered on a course leading to a University award running for a minimum of one year.

To apply for SCONUL Access, click on the appropriate link below:



To apply for access to the Ulster University Library you must register with the SCONUL Access Scheme. There are three initial steps:

  1. Go to the SCONUL Website and select sconul access.
  2. Select your user type and your own home institution (university). Click Find (to identify the library you wish to visit).
  3. From the results list select University of Ulster (i.e. the Library you wish to access).

When the University of Ulster details appear, click on Apply for Access and fill in the registration form and click on submit. You will receive an email acknowledging your request.
If your home institution approves your request, you will receive an Approval Email. PRINT THIS EMAIL message. This approval is only valid for a short period (three weeks). If you don't use it, you will have to apply again.

Whenn you wish to visit our Library, members in Bands A,B,and C should apply for a University of Ulster Library Borrowers card by completing this Application Form and bringing it along with your ID card and Approval email to any campus Library, or sending everything to:

Senior Information Assistant (Circulation),
Belfast Library Issue Desk,
Ulster University,
York Street
Belfast
Co. Antrim, BT15 1ED

Your borrowers card will be posted out to you. Always have your own university ID card, Approval Email and Ulster Borrowers card with you when you wish to borrow books from the library.

Band A borrowers will be able to borrow 6 Standard Loan Books; Band B and C borrowers will be able to borow 2 Standard loan books

Band R members who have Reference only access, do not require a borrowers card, but must have their Approval Email and Home University Student card available for inspection. Our Libraries have an 'Open Door' policy for reference access, though for the Belfast Library please contact the Library in advance to arrange entrance to the building.

SCONUL Access membership only covers access (all Bands) and book borrowing (Bands A-C), not access to our e-journals or databases nor use of our student PCs.


To apply for access to another university library as a Ulster University member, you must register with the SCONUL Access Scheme as follows:

  1. Go to the SCONUL Website and select sconul access.
  2. Select your user type and your home institution (Ulster University). Click Find (to identify the library you wish to visit).
  3. From the results list select the Library you wish to access.

When the details of the library you wish to visit appear, click on Apply for Access and fill in the registration form and Submit. You will receive an email acknowledging your request.

If your request is approved by us , you will receive an Approval Email. PRINT THIS EMAIL message. This approval is only valid for a short period (three weeks). If you don't use it, you will have to apply again.

Always take a copy of your Approval email and your Ulster University ID card with you when you go to the library you want to visit.

NB. Queen's University, Belfast Library only permit access to Band A members.

 

If you have any questions about SCONUL Access contact:

Contact Information: Sconul Access Contact
Sarah O'Deorain
(Archives & Business Support Co-ordinator)
Coleraine Library +44 (0)28 701 24671 s.odeorain@ulster.ac.uk 

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