What is The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) access?

The University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme, which enables students and staff to use other university libraries for either reference or borrowing, as appropriate. Generally, part-time and postgraduate students and academic staff can borrow free of charge while other students, including full-time undergraduates, have reference access only.

To register for the SCONUL Access Scheme, please visit and follow the simple steps set out there.

We will respond to your application within 24 hours. Contact for any further details on your application.


How do I know which Band I fit in to?

Users are placed in appropriate bands according to their level of study:

Band A Staff and Research Students 
Band B Part Time, Distance Learning and Placement Students 
Band C Full Time Taught Postgraduates 
Band R Full Time Undergraduates - Reference Access only 


Our students- Visiting other universities for SCONUL access

Once your application has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email. It is important that you remember to take your library card and a copy of your confirmation email when you register.

It may be useful to contact the university library beforehand to see if they require additional documentation.


External students- Visiting us for access

If you are a student from another university, we will need you to provide the following:

  • Your SCONUL Access Confirmation Email
  • Proof of identity (e.g. Student Card, Driving Licence)


How will I benefit from the scheme at York St John University?

As a SCONUL user in bands A-C you will be allowed up to 10 items as follows:

Resource Type Number 
28 - Day Loan Items  10
Week - Loan Items  10
One - Day Loan Items (including periodicals)  0
Re Centre Artefact Kits  5
Locker Keys  1
Total at any one time  10

You will be allowed an unlimited number of IT Logins. These last 24 hours and can be obtained from the Service Desk on the ground floor of the library with the production of your library card. Access is limited to using non-restricted electronic resources and the Internet. There is no access to network storage, printing facilities or the Inter-Library Loans service.


Information for Band R (Reference) users

As an undergraduate, membership of the SCONUL access scheme will entitle you to reference access only. To gain borrowing rights, you can register as a fee-paying member of the public. Please see here for further information.

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