Answered By: Karina Forrest
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2022     Views: 119

Local Universities reciprocal access

Through a reciprocal agreement with Northumberland and Sunderland; staff and students can have reference access during desk services opening hours. You will need to take your Newcastle University smartcard for all visits.

There is also an agreement with Durham University.  If you wish to access the Bill Bryson Library, you will need to reserve a study space in advance by Emailing   Emails must come from your University email account to validate you as a student. You can book a study space for up to four hours. Please do not arrive without a confirmation email, as you will not be admitted to the building.

If you want borrowing membership, you will need to apply via the SCONUL Access scheme. 

SCONUL Access Scheme

Newcastle University is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme (Society of College, National and University Libraries) which allows access and borrowing of books from participating universities for staff, postgraduates, part-time, distance learners and students on placement for more than six weeks. Full time undergraduates have reference access. SCONUL Access is a national scheme.

  • Apply for membership through the SCONUL Access Scheme website and you will be sent an approval notification email. Please print a copy to take to the library you wish to join, along with your library Smartcard. Before visiting the library of your choice, check their opening hours and that the Library you want to visit is also a member of the scheme

Local Public Libraries

Are free for anyone to join, Newcastle City Library is a flagship building in the city centre. Find out more information here:

Visiting the British Library

Anyone requiring use of the British Library for their research can apply for a reader pass.

Searching local Library collections

Use the links below to search the collections of our local University and public libraries:

You can also search the collections of other university and specialist libraries more widely:

  • Library Hub Discover - allows you to search the collections of UK national, University and specialist libraries through a single interface
  • WorldCat - allows you to search collections of Libraries around the world

Accessing the wi-fi at other institutions

Eduroam allows staff and students to access internet services at participating institutions using your usual username and password.