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Interlibrary Loans and Using Other Libraries

Using other libraries

Students and staff can use other UK libraries via the schemes described on this page.

You should contact the library you wish to visit beforehand to check opening hours, access policies, accessibility and any documentation you need to take with you. Please note many libraries don't allow access during busy times such as exams so please check before you visit.

You may also find useful resources in your local public library or in specialised libraries.  Ask your Academic Librarian about these.

COPAC enables you to search over 80 UK and Irish academic, national and specialist library catalogues to help you identify resources held elsewhere.

If you are looking for theses or dissertations you can find information on our dissertations page.


SCONUL Access allows students (except full-time undergraduates*) to borrow from most higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.

  • apply online at 
  • make only one application - once approved this will allow access to other libraries in the scheme
  • use your Leeds Beckett student email address e.g on your application. We do not send 'Approved' applications to any other email address.
  • if you have previously been granted SCONUL access but this has expired you will need to apply again to have it renewed
  • your application will be authorised within 3 working days via your student email address only. 
  • If you have overdue items or outstanding fines your application won't be authorised.  
  • take your authorisation email letter, along with your Campus Card to the library you're visiting

SCONUL Access doesn't usually give access to PCs and electronic resources - check this beforehand with the library you're visiting.

*If you are a full-time undergraduate you can use SCONUL Reference Access to visit other libraries but you can't borrow items or use PCs.

The SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme also allows students to use other libraries during their vacations by simply showing their Leeds Beckett Campus Card.

Visiting the British Library

The British Library holds 7 million publications in the Reading Room at the Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa, near Leeds.


You can visit to consult material but you can't borrow from the Library.  You must pre-register for a Reading Room pass and order your material online before visiting.

Opening hours and other information is available from the Library's website.


Using the internet in other University Libraries

If you log in to the eduroam wireless network on your laptop with your Leeds Beckett login you should be automatically connected to the internet when you visit other university libraries in the UK and abroad.

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