Answered By: Niall Rowe
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016     Views: 2127

The Library welcomes visitors to join the library for reference use.

Certain types of member are also able to borrow from the Library:

SCONUL access is a national scheme which allows academic staff, postgraduates and part-time, placement or distance learning undergraduates from participating institutions to register with, and borrow from, other university libraries.

The University of Liverpool Library is a member of SCONUL Access. If you fall into any of the above categories you can apply online for Sconul Access membership. You will see if your University is part of the SCONUL Access scheme. Once your application is approved by your home library you will receive an email which you can bring to the University of Liverpool Library, where we will register you for membership.

Categories of student that do not have borrowing entitlements can still join the Library for reference only. Mainstream IT facilities, short loan materials and Inter-Library Loan/ArticleReach requests are not included in the scheme. Visitor access to a wide range of the Library’s electronic journals and databases is available. Please ask at the Library Help Desks for Walk-in Access. SCONUL members can access their own library’s e-resources through the Eduroam scheme

Permanent academic staff from Liverpool JMU and the University of Manchester are eligible to join the library as borrowing members. There is no access to computing facilities, the SJL Short Loan Collection or to electronic resources, except through the visitor access.

Graduates of the University of Liverpool are welcome to join the Library as Alumni members following graduation. You will need to apply in person to the Library and provide proof of ID and current address and a passport-sized photograph.

Alumni may borrow up to ten books for a period of two weeks, whilst there is no access to computing facilities the library does offer access to a number of electronic resources:

The Library subscribe to the Emerald Alumni database which is offered exclusively for the use of registered Alumni. The high quality content includes international business and management articles, case studies, management briefings and discussion forums. You will need to register separately with the Alumni Community.

In addition there is access to a range of the library’s extensive electronic resources through the visitor access to University Library e-resources service. This service is available to registered members of the library who are able to visit the library in person. Please ask at the Help Desk in the Harold Cohen or Sydney Jones Library. The Inter-Library Loan service is available at the full commercial rate.

Commercial companies and organisations can apply for Corporate Membership. Membership rates are by negotiation. Corporate members are normally able to borrow up to ten ordinary loan items for a period of two weeks and have access to all the Library's publicly available facilities and the Inter-Library Loan service (at full commercial rate).

Corporate members do not have access to the SJL Short Loan Collection, computing facilities or electronic resources, except through the visitor access.

A contact person must be designated to be responsible for all material borrowed on the Corporate membership card. Organisations wishing to apply should contact Laura Dunn, Head of User Services, Sydney Jones Library, telephone: 0151 794 2685.

NHS staff who work in the north west of England are eligible to join as borrowing members.

Please apply for membership at the Library Help Desk bringing the relevant ID (NHS employment card).

NHS staff can borrow two items for two weeks. There is no access to computing facilities, Short Loan material or to electronic resources except through the visitor access.

Teachers working in schools in the Merseyside area are eligible to join as borrowing members free of charge. Teaching Members are able to borrow up to six items for a loan period of two weeks and the Inter-Library Loan service is available at the full commercial rate.

Membership does not provide access to computing facilities, the SJL Short Loan Collection or to electronic resources, other than by use of the visitor access.

The University of Liverpool Library provides access to all current members of the Liverpool Law Society.

Sixth form students (Years 12 and 13) can generally use the library for reference use, on production of a letter from their school or college. Some categories of sixth form student can borrow, e.g. students on the Scholars programme and students at the University of Liverpool Life Sciences UTC. Please contact us for further information.

Retired staff of the University of Liverpool can join the library as Associate Members for as long as they wish, on production of a letter from Human Resources confirming their status as a retired member of staff. They have the same borrowing rights as full-time staff.

External members have access to all the Library's publicly available facilities and to the Inter-Library Loan service at full commercial rate.

The borrowing entitlement is two ordinary loan items for a period of two weeks. Subscription members do not have access to the SJL Short Loan Collection, computing facilities or to electronic resources, except through the visitor access.

The annual fee is £75.00 and application should be made to Laura Dunn, Head of User Services, Sydney Jones Library, telephone: 0151 794 2685.

How to apply

Unless otherwise detailed above, applications should be made at the Help Desk in the library.

You will need to show us valid photo ID and ID with your current home address on, if applicable, payment must be made on application.

We will take your photo when you are in one of our Libraries, so that we can produce a card for you. Once the card has been printed and your account created, we will email you informing you that the card is ready to collect.

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