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SCONUL Access Scheme for Queen Mary Academic Staff and Students


Queen Mary staff and students can register for the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) access scheme. This scheme allows students and staff studying and researching within Higher Education in the UK access to over 170 academic institution libraries.  The use of other libraries will depend on your level of study and the access arrangements of the libraries.

  • Band A: Staff and postgraduate research students
  • Band B: Part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • Band C: Postgraduate taught students
  • Band R: Undergraduate students

Staff and students (including undergraduates) eligible for Bands A, B or C can register as an external borrower. Students with Band R access are unable to borrow, but can register as a reference only visitor. 

To join the SCONUL access scheme: 

  • Go to
  • Select your level of study (Step 1) and Queen Mary University of London (Step 2)
  • Press Find
  • Select a library you are interested to visit. Receiving access to one library automatically gives you access to all libraries in the scheme.

Your application will be evaluated within 7 days. Please note that we will not be able to approve your application if there are any outstanding fines or overdue items on your account.

You only need to apply for SCONUL access once. After your application has been accepted you will receive a confirmation email. Take your confirmation email with your Queen Mary ID along to the library you wish to visit.  Please note that each library will have its own procedures for SCONUL visitors, so always check their website before your first visit. 

Membership of the SCONUL access scheme is valid until the expiry date of your student ID card. If your card does not have an expiry date, membership will be for 3 years renewable on request.

SCONUL Access Post-Pandemic Reopening Information

The SCONUL Access scheme is now open. Please note the following: 

  • If your SCONUL Access has expired you will need to reapply for access 
  • Please plan ahead and allow time for your application 
  • Some institutions that previously participated in the scheme are not participating at this time. Check the SCONUL Access webpage before you visit 
  • Due to potential changes related to pandemic restrictions, please check the status of the institution you wish to visit on the SCONUL Access webpage on the day of your visit 

For more information see the SCONUL Access FAQs. 

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