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Library services for SCONUL Access visitors

Kingston University participates in the SCONUL Access scheme.

Students from other universities who may be eligible for a borrowing ticket at Kingston University need to apply online via the SCONUL Access website before visiting us.

  • If you are studying part time, distance learning or on a work placement (six weeks or more), or are studying a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to make use of our library on a borrowing basis.
  • If you are a full-time undergraduate or would just like to use our library on a reference-only basis, there is no need to apply online via SCONUL Access.

To prepare for your visit, please make use of iCat library search.

Please note, we do have stand-alone iCat catalogues in our learning resources centres (LRCs) but we do not have open-access PCs. Temporary guest accounts are only available to those visitors who have registered with us for a borrowing ticket via SCONUL Access. We recommend you check whether your own library supports Eduroam Wi-Fi which allows visiting students with laptops to connect to their home university intranet via the Wi-Fi at Kingston University.

Borrowing from Kingston University

If your SCONUL Access membership is approved by your home university, you should receive an email from SCONUL advising you of this. Please print a copy of this email and bring this together with your home university ID/library card to the desk in any of our campus LRCs. It is not necessary to bring a passport-size photograph.

Once we have issued you with a library card, you will be able to borrow from any of our four site libraries and make use of many of our facilities. For more details about what members of our library can borrow and use, please see the borrowing rights and other rights information on our webpage on purchasing membership (your membership is free). We regret that Kingston University dissertations and theses are kept on closed access and are only available to current Kingston University students and staff.

Your SCONUL Access expiry date is determined by your home institution. You will need to reapply online if your membership expires before the end of your course.

Using the library on a reference-only basis

If you are visiting Kingston University library to use it on a reference only basis, please sign in as a visitor at the desk. You will need to bring your home university ID/library card with you.

Reference users are not issued with a Kingston University external members card, but are entitled to use any of the libraries during advertised opening hours. Please note that the Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre at Knights Park campus requires swipe card access at weekends. Visitors should telephone 020 8417 4057 on arrival to gain admittance.

Contact details

Learning resources centres

  • Knights Park:
    020 8417 4214
  • Kingston Hill:
    020 8417 5380
  • Penrhyn Road:
    020 8417 2101
  • Roehampton Vale:
    020 8417 4903
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