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If you are studying an online programme you should use the Library for Online Programmes as your primary method for obtaining E-Resources. Note – you do not require physical borrowing at the campus Libraries to access electronic Library E-Resources, you should use your UoL (MWS) login to access E-Resources.

For incidental visits to the University Libraries in Liverpool you can register for a day pass on each separate visit, obtained at the reception desk as you enter either of the University Libraries, this will allow access to the buildings and use of many local services and use of physical resources for reference (but not loaning).

For longer-term access e.g. visiting over several weeks without requirement for loaning, a public visitor card can be created allowing entry via Library electronic access points, this will require completing a form and submitting a photo and related information at a Library desk.

If you are studying an online programme and wish to loan physical items in the University of Liverpool Libraries you must have a current UK residential address to loan books and similar physical items. Please contact the online Librarian for details or see the Campus and Other Libraries page for further details.

Other (non-UoL) Libraries, SCONUL Access

If you are studying an online programme, based in the UK and wish to use another external UK University library, for example in the region of UK where you currently live, then you can use our SCONUL scheme to access that local academic library, note - SCONUL Libraries provide varying levels of service depending on programme level and research status, physical borrowing may require study by research (such as an MPhil, PhD). For full details please see the Campus and Other Libraries page.

You may also wish to explore accessing other public or National Libraries. You can access online catalogues to view the contents of these Libraries or you may wish to explore use of Inter-Library Loan or item delivery/ request services available in these Libraries (see guideline below).

You may also wish to email/ write to an external Library to explore access options including your full name, University ID number, programme of study, contact details for an academic tutor or other staff member and an explanation of why you would like to use their Library. 

Please see our page Using other Libraries, also see our tutorial and guide on Finding Unavailable Resources.


You may find the WorldCat platform useful to search for print items held in worldwide Libraries/ local libraries, this platform can be useful to locate a print item held locally to you or for arranging an inter-library loan (to loan an item via your own local library sourced from another regional library). You can access WorldCat from the left menu (WorldCat and other Library Services) or visit

We provide a dedicated E-Learning Librarian to assist you in using Library resources. If you have any problems using the Library or technical problems, please see the Support area of the Library for Online Programmes. Also see our guides, videos, tutorials and Library Training Module available via the Library for Online Programmes.

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