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This scheme allows you to borrow and use books and journals at other participating higher education libraries in the UK

Due to Covid-19 the SCONUL access scheme has been temporarily suspended. For more information, please see

The library is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, which allows particular groups of staff and students some borrowing privileges at other UK higher education libraries. The scheme is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This page will be updated when it resumes.

Who is eligible to join the SCONUL Access scheme?

SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:

  • Academic staff on open or fixed term contracts
  • Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • Part-time, online learning and placement students
  • Full-time postgraduates

SCONUL Access also provides a reference only service for most:

  • Full-time undergraduate students
  • Staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements

How can I join the scheme?

Apply for SCONUL Access

If your library account is in good standing, we will send you an email to authorise your application. You can then print the email and take it, along with your RGU student or staff card, to the library or libraries you wish to use.

Which other libraries can I access under the scheme?

Over 170 libraries throughout the UK (including the University of Aberdeen) are members of the scheme. Your privileges may vary at different member libraries.

Can I borrow from libraries outside the UK?

The SCONUL scheme applies to UK libraries only. As an RGU student, you have access to an extensive range of electronic resources, databases and eBooks from our own collection which can be searched using LibrarySearch.

Will I have access to e-resources?

SCONUL Access users qualify as “walk-in users” under licensing agreements and member libraries may allow access to some electronic resources. However, not all institutions provide this service. If you wish to use electronic resources at another library, you should check their website or contact them in advance to ensure you are not disappointed when you visit.