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The Sconul Access Scheme

Sconul Access is a co-operative venture between higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. It is a reciprocal scheme which enables students and staff to have borrowing rights or reference access at participating libraries.  

Who is eligible to join?

See the table below to find out whether you are eligible and to determine your entitlement. You can use any Sconul Access member libraries which support your access band category.

Eligible Users Access band Entitlement
Staff and research students Band A Borrowing entitlement*
Part-time, distance learning & placement students Band B Borrowing entitlement*
Full-time taught postgraduate students Band C Borrowing entitlement*
Full-time undergraduate students Band R

Reference only

* Each individual library sets its own borrowing restrictions

Partner college students & staff

Please note that of the University students studying in partner institutions only those in Partner College Network*or Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) College Network institutions or the Royal School of Military Engineering are eligible to join the scheme.

*Partner College Network students with a University student ID card with the title Student Partner QA are not eligible to join the scheme.

Partner staff are eligible to register but must have an Affiliate Account, Greenwich Gateway card and current University of Greenwich library account before their application can be approved. Information about applying for an Affiliate Account can be viewed here. Partner staff can obtain their Greenwich Gateway card by visiting one of the University Student Centres once their Affiliate Account has been created. Partner staff will then need to visit one of the University libraries to have their library account created.

Eligible partner college students and staff can join the Sconul Access scheme by selecting University of Greenwich from the drop-down menu on the first page of the online registration form

Step 1: Applying for membership of the scheme

  • You can apply for membership of the scheme at the Sconul Access website.
  • Applications are approved subject to you not having any outstanding fines, overdue books, or any other issues with your library account. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirmation containing your registration details and your membership expiry date. 

Step 2: Visiting other Sconul Access libraries

  • You can see which libraries you are able to join by selecting your user category and institution from the drop-down menus at the Sconul Access website (click FIND to display an A to Z listing of the libraries which you can visit). 
  • You will need to take a printout of your confirmation email, together with your University of Greenwich ID card, to the library you are visiting. Some libraries may also require a passport size photograph. 
  • Note that you will be subject to the regulations of the library you are using and will be responsible for any fines or replacement costs incurred. The individual library's borrowing entitlement for SCONUL Access users will vary and will generally exclude IT access.
  • Before you travel, we recommend that you telephone or check the website of the library you want to visit for their opening hours, availability of the books you require, and other local conditions. Please keep in mind that most libraries will only be able to register new users during their office hours.



Important notice: as we are moving over to a new library management system, we will not be able to register new Sconul Access applicants between Saturday 22nd July and Tuesday 1st August (inclusive). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Services to students with existing University of Greenwich library memberships will be unaffected.

Our summer vacation runs from 24th June to 18th September 2017. Throughout this period, students will only need to show a valid university ID card to access our libraries at the University of Greenwich.


Information for students and staff visiting the University of Greenwich

You will need to join the Sconul Access scheme to access our libraries at the University of Greenwich. You can apply for membership of the scheme online at the Sconul Access website.

Once your membership of the scheme has been approved, please bring the following items with you to register at one of our libraries:  

  • A printout of your Sconul Access confirmation email
  • University student or staff ID card*
  • A passport size photograph

            * If your student ID card does not display a photo, you will need to bring official photo ID in addition (e.g. a passport or driver's licence).

Please note that we can only register new users during our office hours:

  • Avery Hill Library: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm 
  • Stockwell Street Library: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 7pm

Once registration is complete, a University of Greenwich access card will be sent to you within three working days.

Access entitlements at the University of Greenwich

  • Full-time undergraduates (band R) may use our libraries on a reference-only basis.
  • If you are a member of staff, a postgraduate, distance learner, or part-time student (bands A, B and C) you will be given a borrowing entitlement of up to five items at a time.
  • Please note that borrower access is not immediate, your University of Greenwich card will be posted to your home address. On your first visit, you will have reference access to the library.
  • Wireless access to the eduroam network is available to students from participating libraries via their own laptops. However, no other IT facilities are available.

For information on the Drill Hall Library and its services please visit the Drill Hall website

If you have any queries about the day to day operation of the scheme, please contact the University of Greenwich representative, Oliver Witkin:

Tel: 020 8331 9651


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