Accessing other libraries

With the exams nearly over, many undergraduates will be off home for the summer vacation, whilst many postgraduates will be working hard on their projects or dissertations.  At the moment, the last thing undergaduates might want to be thinking about is academic work, but as the summer goes on you might well want to get ahead for next year either with reading for a module or for a dissertation/project.  If you are a postgraduate, you might have found that you need to source books or journals from other libraries and rather than requesting lost of inter-library loans, it can be more efficient to visit another academic library to use its collection.

To help you in either of these scenarios, Loughborough University Library is part of the national SCONUL Access scheme.  This enables undergraduates to visit the majority of other academic libraries in the UK and use their printed resources for reference purposes.  It also enables postgraduates, researchers and part-time or distance learners to borrow material from many of them.

To obtain your SCONUL Access card, you need to download or print out the application form, fill it in and either bring it or sent it to the Issue Desk at the University Library.  We will then either give you the card there and then or send it on to you, if you have applied by post.  You will then have to take that card and your Loughborough Student ID card along to the Library that you want to use.  To find out which libraries are near your vacation base, there is a list of all of the libraries that are part of the scheme on the SCONUL website.

If you are away from Loughborough for the vaction, then also remember that many of our own resources are available electronically via the Library catalogue or via Metalib.


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