The University of Cumbria is a member of this scheme which allows staff and certain categories of student to join and borrow from other academic libraries. The following groups of University of Cumbria registered users are eligible to use it:
- Academic staff on open or fixed term contracts
- Research students, registered on an MPhil or PhD or similar research based award
- Part time students
- Students on distance learning courses
- Postgraduate students (full and part time)
- Full time students on a placement of six weeks or more.
You must be registered on a course (or research programme) leading to a university award and running for a minimum of one year.
Full time undergraduate students may access most other participating libraries on a reference only basis. The Universities of Salford, Teesside, Huddersfield, Edge Hill and Liverpool Hope are working with the University of Cumbria on a new scheme to enable full time undergraduates from these universities to borrow from one of the other universities in the scheme. If you are a full time undergraduate student you will receive additional information on this scheme when you apply for Sconul Access.
Look at the SCONUL Access webpage for a list of participating libraries.
Check the opening hours of the library you wish to visit on its website. During vacations, some libraries may be completely or partially closed to allow building works or stock moving. Please check the library's website for up to date information. You will find links to the websites of individual libraries on the SCONUL Access website, under member libraries.
To join the scheme you will need to register online through the Sconul website. You will be sent an introductory email to take to the library you wish to use. You will then need to follow their registration procedures. If you wish to join more than one library through the Sconul scheme please print out the email for each library you want to join.
Full time students wanting to use other libraries for reference can request a Reference card from their campus or site library.
SCONUL Vacation Access
Undergraduate students and postgraduate students following taught courses will normally be granted reference use at other higher education libraries free of charge during the vacations of the host institution.
Check out the SCONUL website for further information.