December 3, 2015, by Philip Bellamy

When out of Rome… or Nottingham!: Using other libraries during Vacations

Welcome to Library Hacks. This is the first in a series of blogs looking at some of the useful Library services you may not be familiar with.  Keep an eye out for #LibraryHacks on Twitter to keep up-to-date.

When you’re tired of catching up with friends and family back home and feel the urgent need (well, alright, guilt about that impending deadline for an assignment!) to study, you can.  We are part of the SCONUL Access scheme that allows you to use your local academic library during holidays and vacations.  Here are the details:

The Sconul Access scheme enables staff and some students (excepting full-time undergraduates) to access and borrow from other participating UK libraries.

If you are eligible to use the scheme:

  • Complete the online form
  • Choose the library you want to visit
  • After receiving an acceptance email, take the email and your university card to the host library. You will be provided with a library card valid for three years or until your course/contract expires.

Full-time undergraduates will normally be granted reference access to other higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland during the vacation of the host library.

This is a very useful service, especially where the local institution has books and special collections that may be useful for your own research.  So, make sure you check that library’s catalogue before you put down your Mince Pie and rush off to find that one item you need to put the final seal on your work; it’ll save you time (and indigestion!).

picture of mince pies

Mince pies
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