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Placement Students: Using Other Libraries

Join the SCONUL Access Scheme


SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users
to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.
The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.


As a placement student, you are entitled to join the scheme and borrow material from reciprocal UK and Irish University Libraries.

To join SCONUL Access you will need to

  1. Fill in an application form online at:
  2. Supply your Aston University email address and your Aston University ID number (or Library barcode) on your application form. 
  3. You will receive an email approving your application within 5 working days
  4. Take the email and your Aston uniCARD to the Library of choice. 
  5. Check the SCONUL website for any further conditions of registration for the library you wish to attend.

Library Catalogues

Search thousands of public libraries all at once from around the world and locate an item near you

Copac is a searchable catalogue of UK Research Libraries, the British Library, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Museum Libraries and Specialist Libraries.

Suncat is a Serials Union Catalogue for the UK Research Community and allows you to find journals in UK Libraries.

Join your local public library

When your placement is confirmed, it is worth checking out the local library facilities. 

  • City centre libraries generally have a business library available to members of the public.
  • They may have links with the local University library that you could make use of.
  • Search and browse newspapers, patents, annual reports, industrial news and much more
  • Free internet access
  • To join you will need to prove who you are and that you live locally to the library

Local Library Catalogues

You can find public libraries in your area via the local Council website. Here are a few to get you started:

Taking a placement in London?  Find a lending library near you and access their library catalogue
    Staying in Birmingham or the surrounding area?  View Birmingham Public Libraries website.


Working in the Manchester area?  Check out one of their 23 libraries