Using Other Libraries

The University Library has joined several national and local schemes which together provide you with access to a wide selection of libraries.


SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland.SCONUL Access is available for:
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or a similar qualification.
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students.
  • full time postgraduates.
Sconul Access does not offer borrowing privileges to full time undergraduates. However, some institutions offer reference only access. Please check with the institution for more information or the check the SCONUL Access website.You can join SCONUL Access by applying online.To qualify for SCONUL Access you must be registered as a library user in good standing, having no debts at your home library or overdue items.Once your application has been processed you will receive an email which will confirm your membership. You must take a copy of this email to the library you are visiting within 3 weeks of receiving it.Visit the SCONUL user guide for more information on what the scheme can offer you.

University of Kent - Templeman Library

The Templeman Library welcomes visitors between 8am and 9pm. If you wish to borrow resources then you need to apply through the SCONUL Access scheme. Go to the Templeman Library.

The British Library

The British Library welcomes anyone who wishes to use their research collections. To use the London Reading Rooms you must apply for a Reader Pass from the British Library website. Please note that the British Library is reference only access. Go to the British Library website.


Search25 is funded by the M25 Consortium. The M25 Consortium has over 100 academic library members that are based around the M25 motorway area. This borrowing scheme is for MPhil/PhD students only. Go to the Search25 website.

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