Accessibility statement

Other university libraries (SCONUL Access)

The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) represents all university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

The SCONUL Access scheme allows University of York Library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries belonging to the scheme.

Use Library Hub Discover UK & Irish academic and research library catalogue to search across UK libraries to see who holds the material you need.


If you are an undergraduate student, you may be able to use the physical resources (such as print books and journals and microfilms) of other college and university libraries for reference.

IT facilities and electronic library services are not normally available.

Vacation use

You can use the libraries for reference during the vacations of the host institution.

Check the website of the library you want to use for the vacation dates and opening hours.

You should be prepared to show your valid University of York Card.

Term time use

To use the libraries for reference during term-time you will need to apply online for reference only SCONUL access.

Postgraduates and staff

If you are one of the following, you may be able to borrow from other college or university libraries:

  • an academic on an open or fixed term contract
  • a postgraduate research student registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • a part-time, distance learning and placement student
  • a full-time postgraduate

You can use the libraries for reference throughout the year.

Access arrangements vary between libraries, but normally you will need to show your University or Library card when you visit.


SCONUL Access provides a free borrowing scheme for staff, postgraduates, and part-time, distance learning and placement students.

IT facilities and electronic library services are not normally available and you may not be able to borrow from some collections.

How to apply for SCONUL Access

To apply for SCONUL Access, please apply from your institutional email account. You must have no outstanding charges or overdue items with the University Library.

SCONUL User Guide

How to apply and guidance for your visit:

We will confirm your application via email within 24 hours.

If there is a problem with your Library account your application may be denied. If this occurs please contact us.

Your access will be valid for up to three years, or for your period of registration or the length of the course or placement, if earlier.

You can renew if your course or placement continues by submitting a new online application

About your visit

Check the websites of individual participating libraries for their opening hours and other local conditions (for example, new tickets may only be issued during office hours, also it is possible that you will need to supply a passport sized photograph).

If you will need specialist help during your visit, please contact the library in advance.

Print off the email confirmation of your SCONUL Access and take this, along with your University Card, to the institution you wish to use. You will be issued with a library card, which will have the same expiry date as your SCONUL Access form.

You will be subject to the regulations of the library you are using and will be responsible for any fines or replacement costs incurred.

Individual libraries' requirements and borrowing rights will vary.

Your card can be withdrawn if you infringe the rules of the host library