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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.

Summer Access

From Monday 24th June until Friday 13th September, current students and staff of institutions that participate in the SCONUL Access Scheme can have reference access to our Avery Hill and Greenwich campus libraries, simply by presenting their University ID cards to our security staff.

The Sconul Access 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




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).

Step 1: Joining the Sconul Access 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: Joining 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).

Please check the website of your chosen library for registration instructions. You will need your Sconul Access confirmation email (please see above) and student ID card. Some libraries may also require a passport size photograph.

We also recommend that you check the library's webpages for information on opening hours and other local conditions. Please note that most 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.

Restricted access to Stockwell Street Library

Please note that access to Stockwell Street Library will be restricted to University of Greenwich students and staff only during the following periods: 

Monday 25th November to Thursday 12th December 2019 

Thursday 2nd January to Friday 10th January 2020 


This is to alleviate pressures on study space during our busy exam period.

Our other two libraries, Avery Hill Campus Library and the Drill Hall Library, will be available to Sconul Access users throughout this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.    


Registering at University of Greenwich

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 not able to accept registrations in person. Applications must be made using our online registration form.

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 for Sconul Access users

Full-time undergraduates (band R) : Reference access

Staff, postgraduates, distance learners, part-time students (bands A, B and C) : 5 loans 

Access to WiFi is available via the eduroam network (to students from participating institutions). Please note that we are unable to provide 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: tel: 020 8331 9651

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