Using other libraries

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Access schemes 


The SCONUL Access scheme enables staff and students at the majority of UK Higher Education Institutions to use the libraries of other HEIs either for borrowing of reference purposes. It is particularly useful for part-time, distance learning and placement students.

The British Library

The British Library will issue a pass to allow you to visit the reading rooms in the St Pancras Library in London, or at Boston Spa in Yorkshire.

Using other libraries' catalogues and databases

Library Hub Discover

Search Library Hub Discover, the merged catalogues of many major UK and Irish university, national, and research libraries.


Cornucopia is a database of more than 6000 collections in museums, galleries, archives and libraries.


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