Answered By: Colette Lilley
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2023     Views: 7298

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.

Sconul band A, B and C  can borrow up to ten books for four weeks. Items are auto-renewed every four weeks unless requested by another customer.

  • Band A (Staff or Research Postgraduates from other Universities)
  • Band B (Part Time Postgraduates or Undergraduates/ distance learner / placement from other Universities),
  • Band C (full time PG from other universities)

​Sconul band R (Full time Undergraduates) can only use the library for reference purposes.

Mainstream IT facilities, short loan materials and Inter-Library Loan 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.

We are also part of the SCONUL Summer Vacation Scheme. For further information see What is the SCONUL Access Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme?

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. We will take a photo of you for your card when you apply.

Alumni can borrow up to 10 books for four weeks. All items are auto-renewed every four weeks unless requested by another customer. The only exception to this are Library Use Only books which can be used within the Library for reference purposes only. These are clearly labelled with a yellow sticker.

8 reservations can be placed.

Alumni can also access many of the library’s 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. 

In addition there is access to both JSTOR and Project Muse eJournal collections. See the Alumni online journals page for information about these collections. 

To access these resources you will need to register separately with the Alumni Community .

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 four weeks which are auto-renewed subject to recall 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 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 Alex Widdeson, Associate Director, Engagement and Innovation, telephone: 0151 794 3038.

NHS staff wishing to use the library will have to apply as a Visitor and pay £5 annually. This allows access to the library for reference purposes but no borrowing rights.

Access to online resources is via visitor access.

Should a NHS staff member want to borrow books, please contact your local NHS Hospital Library. They can email us at interlib@liverpool.ac.uk and include all the request details, a Reference Number for the request and BL Account Number.

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 ten items for a loan period of four weeks and the Inter-Library Loan service is available at the full commercial rate. All borrowed items are auto-renewed every four weeks unless requested by another customer. The only exception to this are Library Use Only books which can be used within the Library for reference purposes only. These are clearly labelled with a yellow sticker.

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

Liverpool Law Society members can join the Library as borrowing members. Please apply in person at either the Sydney Jones or Harold Cohen Library. Bring photo identification and proof of Law Society Membership. Membership will be for one year and can be renewed.

Liverpool Law Society members can borrow ten items for four weeks. Items are auto-renewed unless requested by another customer. The only exception to this are Library Use Only books which can be used within the Library for reference purposes only. These are clearly labelled with a yellow sticker.Society members can borrow material from the entire print collection; borrowing rights are not restricted to the Law Collection.

Please note that membership is offered on an individual basis, not by Firm or Chambers.

For more information about what Liverpool Law Society member and joining the Library see I am a member of the Liverpool Law Society, can I use the University Library?

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 confirming that you are a student and the date you expect to leave school. On receipt of these, a Visitor Card will be issued that will allow you access to the library. 

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

Anyone studying to A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate can use the library for their research. Often research will be for the the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

For more information about registering as a user of the library use one of the Contact Us options.

For further information about the services we provide to local schools and colleges see What services do you offer to local schools and colleges?

Retired staff

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. Retired staff are also entitled to use Get it For Me.

Retired staff will not have an MWS login and will need to use the Guest PC to access online resources. For more information see Computing Services guidance for members of staff and students leaving the University.

 

Former University of Liverpool staff

Former University of Liverpool staff who have left the University but not retired are welcome to apply for Alumni access. See the above section on Alumni membership for more information including borrowing rights and how to apply for Library access. 

If you have a MWS (Managed Windows Service) login please see relevant section for Honorary Staff on how to apply for a Smart card. A Smart card will also provide access to Library services including borrowing rights.

If you do not have a MWS username and password, please bring along a letter from your department and apply for a card at the HelpDesk during staffed hours.

If you are unsure whether or not you have MWS logins please contact us and we will be able to assist you with that.

If you are following an accredited Continuing Education course you will be issued with a student card and have full access with borrowing rights to the Library for the duration of your course.

You should apply for your student ID card through the Reception Office in the Continuing Education department (located at 126 Mount Pleasant - building 114 (grid C4) on the campus map).  You will need to supply a passport sized photograph. You should also apply in the Continuing Education department if you need to renew your card.

For further information regarding the resources available to CE students please refer to Continuing Education.

If you are not following an accredited course, you can still use the Library for reference and research; see Using the Library as a visitor

Support Workers for students on an SSIS Plan are eligible for a Visitor card. This allows entrance to the library but no borrowing. Support Workers can apply for their Visitor Card at the SJL or HCL Helpdesk.

We welcome visitors to join the Library, for reference use only, for which there is an annual charge of £5 (except for staff and students from UK Universities not eligible for SCONUL Access membership). Please see our Visitor Access page for more information. 

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 ten ordinary loan items for a period of four weeks. Subscription members do not have access to computing facilities or to electronic resources, though these resources can be accessed through visitor Walk In Access.

The annual fee is £75.00 and application should be made to Kerry Noon, Head of Customer Services

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