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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

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 Ulster University (i.e. the Library you wish to access).

When the Ulster University 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.

When you wish to visit our Library, members in Bands A,B,and C should apply for a Ulster University Library Borrowers card by completing this Application Form and bringing it along with your photographic ID 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 photographic ID, approval email and Ulster SCONUL borrower 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 Band C borrowers will be able to borrow 2 Standard loan books

Band R members who have reference only access should have their Ulster SCONUL card, approval email and photographic ID available for inspection.  Our Libraries have an ‘Open Door’ policy for reference access, though for the Belfast campus library they should bring their Ulster SCONUL card, approval email and photographic ID and request a visitor card at the ground floor Block BC reception to gain access to the library.

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.

Belfast library access: Access to the Belfast library requires a valid student or staff card. SCONUL Access  library borrowers should bring their Ulster SCONUL borrower card, approval email and photographic ID and request a visitor card at the ground floor Block BC reception to gain access to the library.

Acceptable photographic ID:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • National ID card
  • Student card showing expiry date
  • Staff card showing expiry date (i.e. NHS, University)
  • Police / Customs / Home Office Warrant Card
  • Forces ID card
  • Photocard from another UK Legal Deposit Library (BL, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Bodleian Libraries, TCD)

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.

Always take a copy of your approval email and your photographic ID with you when you go to the library you want to visit.

If you do not already have an Ulster University ID card, you can request one from University Registry.  Distance learners should contact the Coleraine Campus Registry office.

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

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