• Using other libraries

    The Library offers the widest possible range of resources to support your studies, with collections specifically tailored to the courses and research specialities here at Roehampton.  To enhance your studies we are also keen for you to have access to other library that may be able to support your learning or research in different ways.  From specialist research libraries and national collections to the convenience of an academic library closer to your home, we can help you get access to all of these.

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  • SCONUL Access

    The SCONUL Access scheme allows University of Roehampton students and staff to get access to hundreds of academic libraries around the country. Whether you need access to specialist materials only held in particular libraries or would like the convenience or studying in a library closer to your home, the SCONUL Access scheme is probably the best way of getting there.

    The scheme works on a banding system

    Band A access is for academic staff and research students.  Almost all member libraries admit band A users.

    Band B access is for part-time and distance learning students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and those on placement (eg PGCE in schools). You can borrow books from libraries in this band.

    Band C covers full-time taught course postgraduate students, who can borrow books from libraries in this band.

    Band R full time undergraduate students can have reference access to some libraries.


    Not all member libraries allow access to all bands in the scheme.  Some will for instance only allow access to band A users.  Always check before you visit a library that they allow access the your band.

    To use the scheme you will need to apply for access through the SCONUL website.  The application process is simple and after you submit your application it will be authorised by a member of Library staff. You will receive an email which you can print off and take with you to visit other libraries.  Users must be in ‘good standing’ with the Library i.e. have no large outstanding fines, before they can join the scheme. 

    Each Library in the scheme is listed on the SCONUL Access website.  To find out which libraries you can visit please visit the SCONUL website


    When visiting other libraries please note:

    The number of books you can borrow may be limited and you may not be allowed to borrow from some collections.

    Access to electronic resources is likely to be restricted.

    The library you visit will not have the same rules as us.

    Several nearby libraries offer access to all bands so are available to anyone at Roehampton University:

    University of the Arts, London

    Kingston University

    London South Bank University

    St Mary's University College (Twickenham)

    Thames Valley University (Ealing and Slough)

    The British Library

    The British Library at St Pancras, London is a national research library. It does not lend books nor does it aim to stock multiple copies of basic text books. If your research needs are not fulfilled by other libraries, see the British Library catalogue and Reader Registration.

    Wandsworth public libraries

    If you live locally you can join Wandsworth libraries, some of which hold special collections.

    Special libraries

    Ask your Academic Liaison Librarian for help and advice on using specialist London libraries. In general:

    1. Telephone or email first as you may have to make an appointment to see the collection.

    2. Tell the librarian what you have already found and be specific about what you still need.

    3. Record all the bibliographic details of any material you use as you may not be able to recheck them.

    Other catalogues

    COPAC is a national Library catalogue that accesses the catalogues of some of the largest UK and Ireland university libraries.

    London Libraries allows searches and provides information on special collections.

    ULRLS is the catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services.

    The HERO site links to various online library catalogues

    UK Public Libraries on the Web


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