Library Services

Using other libraries

SCONUL access scheme

SCONUL access allows you to obtain borrowing rights at other higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.  The online application form and full details of the scheme can be found at 

Under the SCONUL Access scheme all users are categorised into three bands. For more information on the bands, see below.

BAND A  Staff
Research Students
40 books
BAND B Part time postgraduate
Part time undergraduate
Distance learning
Placement (6 weeks or more)
10 books
BAND C Full time taught postgraduate 10 books
BAND R Full time undergraduates Reference Access Only

NB: Please note that SCONUL Access cards will take 24 hours to process.

SCONUL vacation access scheme

This scheme will enable you to use all libraries including those which are not members of UK Libraries Plus during the vacations for reference purposes only.

Undergraduates and postgraduates on taught courses are normally granted reference use of other university libraries free of charge during the vacations of the host university. If you request admittance to another university library, you will normally be asked to present proof of your current membership of the University of Hull. A current student card will normally be acceptable. Sometimes it may be necessary to show evidence of when your course ends; you are recommended to check with the other library as policies may differ. You are advised to telephone in advance of your visit to make sure about vacation dates, opening times and documentation required.

The SCONUL vacation access scheme does not provide for borrowing and policies on access to electronic sources of information may differ.

The British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC ) Reading Room at Boston Spa

The Reading Room at the British Library's northern site is open to all visitors over the age of 14. Reference books, bibliographies and abstracting and indexing publications are available on open access. Any available item in the Document Supply Centre's collections of seven million publications can be consulted in the Reading Room. For further details see

The British Library

The London reading rooms of the British Library are open for reference use only. Passes must be obtained from the British Library for admittance to the Reading Rooms. Further information can be found here: How to register for a reader pass.

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