SCONUL access

In light of the changes we have all faced and continue to face this year, some of the information on our web pages may no longer be accurate. Please refer to the FAQs on the Library home page for the most up to date information.
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Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 the Sconul Access Scheme remains suspended.
This means that we are unable to process new applications or renew applications, and that participating libraries are not accepting visitors from other libraries under the scheme.
Currently, capacity within member libraries is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing. We are required to abide by the relevant government guidelines and this means that it is not possible to facilitate external visitors.
Sconul are fully committed to recommencing the scheme again as soon as it is safe and practical to do so and will keep this this under regular review. Given the information currently available, it is felt unlikely that the scheme will return to full functioning this academic year (2020-21).
In the meantime scheme users wanting to use particular resources should speak to the library staff at their own institution who will be able to assist.

We are not processing any new or renewal applications from band A,B,C or R members until further notice. Existing A, B, C and R members who are in possession of valid cards will still be granted access to the library during opening hours. Please visit the Library homepage to see any revisions to the Library opening hours.


The SCONUL Access scheme allows Keele students to use the resources of other libraries. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland and permits borrowing facilities for academic staff, postgraduate students, distance learning and placement students. Undergraduate students may have reference only privileges.

How to apply

To get SCONUL Access, complete an online application form at the SCONUL website. You'll receive an email confirming your SCONUL membership for the library you have requested. You must print out this email to be able to use the institution's library. Please be aware that new membership applications can only be processed on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.


To register as a user of another library, you should first check its website for opening hours and any special conditions relating to registration. Then take your email printout, Keele card, and photograph (if required) to the host library who will issue you with a library card for the duration of your SCONUL Access (the length of your Keele card registration, or three years, whichever is the shorter). Use of the host library’s electronic resources is not usually included and you will be responsible for any fines or replacement costs you incur at the host library.
For more information see the SCONUL Access user guide.

Using Keele library as a SCONUL member

Bring your SCONUL Access printout and your library/ID card with you and you will be issued with a Keele library card. There is no access to electronic resources such as online journals or databases.

For further information please contact Debbie Steventon, Keele SCONUL Access representative - tel: +44 (0)1782 734159 or email: