SCONUL Access

The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended

The current position
We are sorry to say that the SCONUL Access Scheme is suspended as a result of the current pandemic. This means that we cannot process new applications or renew applications, and that participating libraries are not accepting visitors from other libraries under the scheme. We are afraid that no exceptions are possible to this rule. This is because capacity within member libraries is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing. Universities, including university libraries, are required to abide by the relevant government guidelines and this means that it is not possible for libraries to facilitate external visitors in most cases.

Next steps
We remain fully committed to opening up the scheme again as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, and we are keeping this under regular review. Given the information currently available, we believe it to be unlikely that the scheme will return to full functioning this academic year (2020-21). We will be consulting member institutions on routes to reopening the scheme later this academic year.

Help in the meantime
In the meantime, our member libraries are doing all they can to ensure that their staff, researchers and students can access the books and journals they need during this difficult time, and scheme users wanting to use particular resources should speak to the library staff at their own institution who will be able to assist. Those wishing to access archives and special collections should do the same – staff at their home library will be able to provide advice and support on routes to access.

 


SCONUL Access scheme

This is a reciprocal borrowing scheme between participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. You are only eligible to apply if you are considered a student or member of staff of the University of Plymouth with your course or employment validated with full library privileges here.

  • Staff members on an open or fixed term contract
  • Postgraduate research students
  • Part-time students
  • Distance learning students 
  • Placement students (full time student on a placement of 6 weeks or more)
  • Full-time taught postgraduates

Staff and students at partner college institutions on franchised courses are not eligible for access under the terms of the scheme.
For more details and to apply, go to http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access. Your library account account must be clear of any overdue books or charges. Once you have submitted your application online, and it has been approved subject to your eligibility, you will receive an acceptance email. Print this off and take it, with your University of Plymouth card, to the library you wish to visit.

SCONUL Access members joining from participating institutions

You will need to bring your SCONUL Access confirmation email (confirming the SCONUL Access Band you are eligible for, and agreed  expiry date) and home institution ID/Library card. You will need to complete a registration form so that a library card can be made. Please allow up to 5 working days for a card to be processed. You will be emailed when it is ready for collection.

Please bring your card every time you visit the library as you will be unable to enter without it. Access is between 0800 -2000. 

Contact the Reception Desk on Level 1 of the Library or email libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk with any queries