Other academic libraries are also a resource.
The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended
The current position
We are sorry to say that the SCONUL Access Scheme is suspended as a result of the current pandemic. This means that we cannot process new applications or renew applications, and that participating libraries are not accepting visitors from other libraries under the scheme. We are afraid that no exceptions are possible to this rule. This is because capacity within member libraries is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing. Universities, including university libraries, are required to abide by the relevant government guidelines and this means that it is not possible for libraries to facilitate external visitors in most cases.
We remain fully committed to opening up the scheme again as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, and we are keeping this under regular review. Given the information currently available, we believe it to be unlikely that the scheme will return to full functioning this academic year (2020-21). We will be consulting member institutions on routes to reopening the scheme later this academic year.
Help in the meantime
In the meantime, our member libraries are doing all they can to ensure that their staff, researchers and students can access the books and journals they need during this difficult time, and scheme users wanting to use particular resources should speak to the library staff at their own institution who will be able to assist. Those wishing to access archives and special collections should do the same – staff at their home library will be able to provide advice and support on routes to access.
Staff and students from the University of Dundee can use and borrow from the library at Abertay University by
- joining the SCONUL Access scheme
- taking an authorisation email from SCONUL Access, along with a University of Dundee student / staff ID card, to the Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) on the ground floor of the Abertay library and applying for membership.
A reciprocal agreement with Abertay extends borrowing rights to full-time undergraduates, which means that all staff and students from the University of Dundee are entitled to borrow up to six 4 Week Loan items. For other information on services at Abertay, including SEZ opening hours, please see the Using the Library section of their website.
SUMMER 2018: Most of Abertay's book stock will be unavailable from 11 May until August; study space will also be restricted.
University of St Andrews
Staff and students from the University of Dundee can also use and borrow from the library at St Andrews University by
- joining the SCONUL Access scheme
- taking an authorisation email from SCONUL Access, along with a University of Dundee student / staff ID card, to the Helpdesk on the ground floor of the Main Library at St Andrews and applying for membership.
A reciprocal agreement with St Andrews extends borrowing rights to full-time undergraduates, which means that all staff and students from the University of Dundee are entitled to borrow up to six items (excluding Short Loan and Audiovisual material). For other information on services at St Andrews, including Helpdesk opening hours, please see the Services section of their website.
Libraries elsewhere in the UK and in Ireland
SCONUL (the Society of College, National & University Libraries) operates a national access scheme for academic libraries in the UK and Ireland. Most university libraries participate in this SCONUL Access scheme, and the easiest way to find out whether you can become a member and visit a specific institution is to complete the SCONUL Access online application form.
Individual institutions offer levels of service based upon four membership bands.
- Band A - for staff and for students studying for degrees awarded by research (e.g. PhD)
- Band B - for part-time and distance learning students on courses running for a minimum of one academic year and leading to a higher education award; also for full-time students on placements of six or more weeks
- Band C - for full-time postgraduate students studying for taught degrees
- Band R - for full-time undergraduate students.
Members in Bands A-C are generally allowed to borrow while members in Band R are only granted reference access.
The Library and Learning Centre at the University of Dundee will not approve your application if you have excess unpaid fines or have seriously infringed Library regulations and rules.
Even if you don't apply for authorisation through this scheme, you may still be able to use other academic libraries during their summer vacations. To avoid a wasted journey, always contact the library in question before travelling.