Answered By: Robert Cole
Last Updated: Nov 08, 2018     Views: 15036

There are a number of memberships options which allow borrowing 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. Sconul Band A (Staff or Research Postgraduates from other Universities), Band B (Part Time Postgraduates or Undergraduates/ distance learner / placement from other Universities), and Band C (full time PG from other universities) can borrow up to ten books for two weeks, excluding restricted stock such as Short loan, 7-day and 3-day loan. Sconul Band R (Full time Undergraduates) can only use the library for reference purposes.

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

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 may borrow up to ten books for a period of two weeks, (including 3-day and 7-day loan books but not 1-day loan books)and 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 non-borrowing, visitor members.

Please apply for membership at the Library Help Desk bringing photo identification and proof of address.

NHS staff membership is REFERENCE ONLY. There is no access to computing facilities or to electronic resources except through the visitor access. Should a NHS staff member want to borrow books, please contact your local NHS Hospital Library.

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 two weeks and the Inter-Library Loan service is available at the full commercial rate.

Membership does not provide access to computing facilities, the HCL and SJL Short Loan Collection which includes 7 day and 1 day loans or any 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.

We welcome visitors to join the Library, for reference use only, for which there is an annual charge of £5. 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 two weeks. Subscription members do not have access to the SJL Short Loan Collection, 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 Laura Dunn, Head of Customer 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 showing your current home address. If applicable, payment must be made on application.

We will take your photo when you visit, so that we can create a card for you. Once the card has been printed and your account created, we will email you to inform you that your card is ready to collect.

Renewals

Renewal is usually required on an annual basis (some users may have a longer card expiry date eg. Sconul users have 3 years).

To renew please apply in person at the Library HelpDesk. We will take a new photo and ask you to complete an online application form. Depending on the type of card we may require proof of address even if previously supplied.

Once you have reapplied you will be sent an e-mail acknowledgement and an indication of when your new card will be ready.  You will receive a further email when the card is available to collect.

For staff and students your University smartcard is also your library card. If you change courses / have a break in your studies or are there are any changes to your employment contract, the University will issue you a new card. For most Associate Staff your card is issued to you by Computing Services, not the library (check the letter you receive from HR).

For further information /advice please enquire at the Helpdesk or e-mail our Library Registration Team.

 

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