University LibraryStudents

Using the library

Accessing other libraries

The Library is a member of several schemes that provide Loughborough students and staff with better access to other libraries.


This is a scheme that enables academic staff, research students (Phd/MPhils), full time postgraduates, part-time, distance learning and placement students to join and borrow from around 170 participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.

To join complete the online application on the link below. This application will then be validated and you will receive an email from SCONUL Access within 2 working days.

Take your SCONUL Access email and your Loughborough ID card to the libraries that you wish to join. Some libraries may also require you to provide a passport photo - please check with the library you are visiting beforehand.

Please note: Any fine or outstanding query at participating libraries must be cleared. If not, borrowing from Loughborough can be suspended and fines/charges will be transferred onto your Loughborough Library account.

If you have any queries about the SCONUL Access scheme, please contact us.

SCONUL Summer Vacation Access

Loughborough students will normally be allowed to use other university libraries for reference purposes during the summer vacations under the terms of the SCONUL Summer Vacation Access.

The British Library

Students and staff can apply for a readers' pass to use the British Library's reading rooms, if you cannot find the information resources you need at Loughborough University Library or at any other libraries you can access. Please check with your Academic Librarian first to confirm that the resources you need are not available at Loughborough.

All applications will be subject to the British Library's Admission criteria, and you will be asked to supply proof of signature (credit card, passport, driving licence) and address (utility bill, bank statement, driving licence) before a reader's pass can be issued. It is also a good idea to take your student or staff card to show to British Library staff.

General hints on using other libraries

  • Always carry your university ID card
  • Check opening hours and facilities before visiting, especially at weekends and in vacations
  • Access to electronic resources and databases will not normally be permitted by other libraries
  • You will be bound by rules and regulations of any libraries visited