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Using Other Libraries

The University Library may not always be able to provide what you are looking for from its own collections - but remember that we can obtain publications on your behalf from other libraries via the Document Supply and Inter-library Loans Service. You may also wish to use other libraries, particularly if they are closer to where you are during vacations, or if you are studying at a distance. 

Other academic libraries:

This reciprocal service is supported by most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland. Complete the online SCONUL access form and (following approval) you will receive an email introducing you to your chosen host library/ libraries.

To qualify for SCONUL Access you must be registered as a library user in good standing (i.e. having no debts at your home library and not having seriously infringed their rules).

Sconul Access User Guide

Other academic libraries in the North West:

UCLan is a member of the NoWAL consortium - university and colleges of higher education libraries in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. All staff and students from NoWAL member institutions are entitled to access via the SCONUL Access scheme.

To qualify for SCONUL Access you must be registered as a library user in good standing (i.e. having no debts at your home library and not having seriously infringed their rules).

Sconul Access User Guide

The British Library

UCLan students are entitled to register for a British Library Reader Pass providing access to British Library resources. More details on how to register.

NHS libraries in the North West

Nursing students on placement with an NHS Trust are entitled to full borrowing rights from their local NHS library. Placement students would usually access library services based at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Burnley General Hospital, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Ormskirk and District General Hospital, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, or Royal Preston Hospital.

Limited borrowing rights are also available from other NHS libraries in the region through the Cumbria and Lancs Passport scheme.  

Students on placement with an NHS Trust can also have books on the Uclan catalogue delivered to their home address through the Distance Learning Service.

Other libraries in Lancashire:

  • Lancashire Libraries - As a UCLan student you can gain access to all public libraries in Lancashire through the 'Lancashare' scheme. You need to sign up through your local library and you will be issued with a new library card for all the Lancashire public libraries. If you are interested in this scheme have a look at how to join Lancashire Libraries.
  • Lancaster University Library - Degree and postgraduate students from UCLan, and UCLan academic staff*, may apply to use Lancaster University Library.
    • Before you go you need to obtain a yellow application form from the One Stop Service Desk in the Library. Take this, with proof of identity and a passport-type photograph of yourself, to the library at Lancaster University. The charge for a year's membership is £20.00. This will entitle you to borrow up to 3 books.
    • *You may be able to access this University Library free as part of the SCONUL access scheme.

Other libraries in Preston

The Harris Library

Harris Library 
Preston's Harris Library is a branch of Lancashire Libraries  

Other libraries

  • The British Library
  • COPAC -   [the combined catalogue of several   university libraries and the British Library]
  • SUNCAT -    Journals, serials [etc] in the collections of several university libraries and the British Library]
  • lib-web-cats - A search engine for finding library web pages, online catalogues, and profiles worldwide

ASLIB Directory of Information Sources

A useful and informative directory of libraries and other sources of information is the ASLIB Directory of Information Sources in the United Kingdom. A copy is in the Reference Collection in our Preston campus library at 026.0002541, alongside other directories of libraries, archives, etc.

It includes detailed information concerning the conditions under which each library admits outside users. It also enables you to trace the location of significant collections on particular subjects.