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SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

The Sconul Access Scheme

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which enables students and staff at participating institutions to access a network of higher education libraries across the UK.

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

Eligible categories

Access band

Access 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


* The number of items you can borrow will vary depending on which library you use (each library sets its own borrowing restrictions).

Applying for Sconul Access membership

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. 

Accessing other libraries

You can see which libraries you are able to access by selecting your user category and institution from the drop-down menus on the Sconul Access website (click `find' to display an A to Z listing of the libraries you can join).

To register at your chosen library, you will need to take a printout of your confirmation email together with your university ID card. Some libraries may also require a passport size photograph.

We recommend that you check the library's webpages for information on registration, opening hours, and other local conditions. Please note that many libraries are only able to register new users during their office hours.

You will be subject to the regulations of the library you are using and will be responsible for any fines or replacement costs incurred.


Restrcited access at Stockwell Street Library 

Please note that access to Stockwell Street Library in Greenwich will be restricted to University of Greenwich students and staff only between Monday 8th April 2019 and Friday 17th May 2019 (inclusive). This is due to pressures on study space during our busy exam period. Sconul users will be able to access our other two libraries, Avery Hill Library in Eltham and the Drill Hall Library in Chatham, throughout this period. 

We thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. 


Library membership registration

Before you can register to use our libraries at the University of Greenwich, you will need to join the Sconul Access scheme. You can apply for Sconul Access membership online at the SCONUL Access website.

For access at our Avery Hill and Greenwich campus libraries, please complete our online registration form and send a digital passport size photograph and your SCONUL Access membership confirmation email to Please note that we are only able to accept online applications.

You will be notified by email when your University of Greenwich gateway card is ready to collect (usually within five working days).

For access at our Medway campus library, please visit the library with your home institution ID card and a printed copy of your SCONUL Access membership confirmation email.

Access entitlements

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.

Access to the eduroam network is available to students from participating institutions via their own laptop computers (and other devices). Please note that we are unable to offer access to University of Greenwich PCs. 

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

email: tel: 020 8331 9651

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