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SCONUL logo The University is a member of the national SCONUL Access Scheme, which enables most students and staff to visit other UK university libraries to use their facilities and resources free of charge.

SCONUL Access is available to -

  • Undergraduates
  • Postgraduates
  • Staff

The service is not available to Further Education students.

To be approved you must have a good borrowing history and have no late items due on your library account.

SCONUL Access usually offers -

  • Reference-only access to print resources, which means you can use print books and other resources within the library building
  • Access to study facilities within the library building
  • Access to guest WiFi
  • Some libraries may also offer limited walk-in access to their online resources (databases, electronic journals) using specific computers.
  • Postgraduate students and staff are often offered limited borrowing rights, although this varies between libraries - so check in advance before visiting.

Most universities participate in the scheme, sometimes they restrict access, and no services are guaranteed so you should always check with the library you wish to use before visiting.

To apply for access -

  1. go to the SCONUL Access website
  2. select your role with UCA (type of student or staff member)
  3. select 'University for the Creative Arts' from the list (this can be found under 'C')
  4. click 'Find' and then select the name of the university library you wish to visit
  5. click 'Apply for Access'
  6. complete your personal details, ensuring you use your UCA email address
  7. click 'Submit'.

Your application will be checked by the library and if approved you will be sent a confirmation email. You must show the confirmation email, as well as your student ID card when you visit other libraries.

Your confirmation email is valid at all participating libraries not just the one you applied for.

When you arrive you may be given a visitor library card.  Procedures at each university are different so check before you visit.