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Library services for SCONUL Access visitors

SCONUL Access scheme

Kingston University libraries welcome students from other universities and we participate in the SCONUL Access scheme.

If you are studying part time, distance learning, 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. You should apply online via the SCONUL Access website before visiting us.

When your SCONUL Access application is approved by your home university, you will receive a confirmation email which you should either print or show when you come in to register with us. Once we have issued you with a library membership card, you will be able to borrow four items from any of our four site libraries and make use of other facilities, including:

  • Placing requests on items that are out on loan.
  • Automatic renewals, provided items are not reserved by another person (the standard Kingston University rules for outstanding fines and overdue books apply).

Please note, your SCONUL Access expiry date is determined by your home institution and you will need to reapply online via the SCONUL Access website if your membership expires before the end of your course.

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.

Using the library catalogue

To prepare for your visit, please make use of iCat library search. We have standalone iCat catalogues in our libraries but we do not have open-access PCs.

Using Wi-Fi

Visitors can access the internet using their own device via the Wi-Fi networks, The Cloud and Eduroam. More about Wi-Fi access

We recommend you check whether your own library supports Eduroam which allows students visiting Kingston University to connect to their own university intranet securely.

Please note:

  • Entry after 9.00pm will only be granted to Kingston University students and staff carrying a valid ID card. All visitors are requested to leave our libraries by 9.00pm during Night Opening hours.
  • A comprehensive list of Kingston University's library opening hours can be found on our opening hours page.
  • We regret that Kingston University dissertations and theses are kept on closed access and are only available to current Kingston University students and staff.
  • We do not offer any print or copy services to visitors or external library members.
  • We cannot offer access to computing facilities or e-resources to external library members.
  • All library members are required to comply with the regulations for the use of library services, which is part of the University regulations.

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