Answered By: Karina Forrest
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2024     Views: 93

Staff and students of Northumbria and Durham universities have reference access throughout the year at Newcastle University Library during Desk Services Opening Hours on production of a valid campus ID card.

Access for staff and students from other UK and Irish institutions is through the SCONUL Access scheme. A reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to access other academic libraries in the UK and Ireland (please note that not all university libraries are members).  

It is important to set up your membership of the SCONUL Access Scheme and check access rights BEFORE visiting Newcastle University.  We welcome visitors seven days per week in term during Desk Services Opening Hours but only on production of a valid Home University ID smartcard AND a copy of your SCONUL approval notification email.

Vacation Access for students from other UK and Irish institutions is as follows:

Winter vacation

Newcastle University Library operates on a self-service basis on the days between Christmas and New Year and access at this time is by Newcastle University Staff or Student Smartcard only.  The Library is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  

Access during Desk Services Opening Hours during the rest of the winter vacation is available on production of your valid campus ID card and SCONUL approval email. 

Easter Vacation

Please show a valid campus ID card or library card and a copy of your SCONUL approval notification email during Desk Services Opening Hours.  The Library is closed on Easter Sunday. 

Summer Vacation

Students from all UK or Irish Universities can use Newcastle University Library on production of a valid campus ID or Library Card during Desk Services Opening Hours.

Admission during Self Service Hours is only available to Newcastle University Staff or Student smartcard holders.  Community or Consultation smartcards and other reciprocal access schemes give access to the University Library during desk services opening hours and do not open night doors on campus or give out of hours library access. Due to security arrangements, evening and weekend access to the Walton Library, based inside the medical school, is not possible.

 

There is currently no reciprocal agreement in place for Students from International Universities (excluding Ireland); please refer to Occasional Visitors.