Using Other Libraries

The Library is a member of several schemes that give University of Leicester staff and students access to other libraries.

Visit our page on Catalogues of other libraries.

Guidance on using other libraries

Please remember that although these schemes allow access and in some cases the borrowing of materials:

  • You are not usually able to use electronic resources (such as electronic journals) or IT facilities, other than the library's catalogue
  • You should always carry your University ID card
  • It is worth checking library opening hours and facilities before visiting
  • You are bound by the rules and regulations of any libraries visited
  • Some libraries will require passport type photos

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SCONUL Access

SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland. It enables staff, research students, full time postgraduates and all part-time, distance learning and most placement students to borrow material from other libraries. It also allows full-time undergraduate students reference access.

To join visit SCONUL Access

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SCONUL vacation access scheme

University of Leicester students will normally be allowed to use other university libraries for reference purposes during vacations under the terms of the SCONUL vacation access scheme (Society of College, National and University Libraries).

Students from other universities may also use University of Leicester Library during vacations but before visiting please check our opening hours .

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Eduroam (roaming Wi-Fi access)

Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus at their home institution and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop or smartphone.

This service is available to all staff and students at the University of Leicester and to all visitors to the university from other Eduroam institutions. Please be aware that before you visit another institution you should setup your device by following the instructions on the IT services website.

Assistance with configuring you device is available from the IT services team: ithelp@le.ac.uk or 0116 252 2253

A full list of participating institutions (UK and Worldwide) is available from the Eduroam website

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The British Library

If you are doing research, and the British Library's collections could help you, you are welcome to use the Library. Everyone may visit the British Library, to visit the exhibition galleries or to tour the building. However, in order to consult material and use the reading rooms, you will need to apply for a reader's pass, for which you will need to provide identification, both proof of signature and address. If you are a student you should take your University ID/Library card as well.

Further information about the admissions criteria, acceptable forms of identification, and how to apply for a pass are at St Pancras Reading Rooms- Registering for a Reader Pass

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