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. Please check for participating institutions https://sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access.
Undergraduate students may have reference only privileges.
How to apply
To apply for SCONUL Access to join a participating institution other than Keele, 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 check the Sconul access website https://sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access prior to travelling to register as a user of another library, and you should also check its website for opening hours and any special conditions relating to registration. 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.
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. Although the Library is open 24/7, Sconul Access applications will only be accepted between 9am and 10pm. Borrowing will not be immediate as your application will be processed and you will be notified when your card is ready to collect. There is no access to electronic resources such as online journals or databases. Undergraduates are only allowed reference facilities under the Sconul Access scheme, not borrowing rights.