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
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
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
visiting other libraries please note:
number of books you can borrow may be limited and you may not be allowed to
borrow from some collections.
to electronic resources is likely to be restricted.
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:
of the Arts, London
South Bank University
Mary's University College (Twickenham)
Valley University (Ealing and Slough)
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.
If you live locally you can join Wandsworth
libraries, some of which hold special collections.
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.
is a national Library catalogue that accesses the catalogues of some of the largest UK and
Ireland university libraries.
Libraries allows searches and provides information on special collections.
is the catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services.
HERO site links to various online library catalogues
Public Libraries on the Web
Membership and other librariesLibrary and Learning Services - Membership and other libraries.
Using the libraryLibrary and Learning Services - About: Using the library.
BorrowingLibrary and Learning Services - Borrowing.