Access to UEA Library for students and staff from other SCONUL institutions Access to UEA Library for students and staff from other SCONUL institutions


Due to increased pressure on our front line service we will not be accepting any new *SCONUL* *External Borrower* *Access Only* applications, with immediate effect, until the beginning of May

Existing users who have a current, valid campus card with the University of East Anglia can continue to access the library 24/7. If any changes or restrictions to access are subsequently made, these will be publicised on our webpages. 

We will update these pages once normal access is resumed. 


The Library is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme, a co-operative venture between higher education libraries. It enables staff, research students, full time postgraduates and part-time, distance learning and placement students to borrow materials from other libraries. Some institutions also allow full time undergraduates to access their libraries on a reference-only basis.

The full list of participating institutions and further details of the scheme can be found on the SCONUL Access website.


Information for visitors from other participating institutions wanting to make use of UEA Library via the SCONUL Access Scheme

If your home institution is a SCONUL member and you are eligible to join you need to apply to the scheme via the SCONUL Access website.

Your home institution will need to approve your application and an email will be sent to you confirming your acceptance.

To apply to UEA as either a SCONUL external borrower or SCONUL reference user you will need to:

  • Complete and submit a V2a Application form

  • Provide a copy of your SCONUL confirmation email which clearly states your Band (A, B, C or R), an expiry date which is more than 1 calendar month in the future and the details of the representative of your home institution.

  • Provide a copy of the front and back of your current home institution campus card (or we can take a photocopy at the Library Helpdesk; Open University applicants need to apply for a library card from the Open University and provide this) 

  • Supply a recent photograph or one can be taken at the Library Helpdesk on application. 

  • Please also show valid photo ID and recent proof of address upon application

Once we have received all of the above information, we aim to make your card within 10 working days.

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Information for UEA students and staff wanting to make use of other participating institutions

Current UEA students and Staff are eligible to join the SCONUL Access Scheme and use the libraries of other participating institutions. For further details about the Scheme and how to join, please click here