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Distance Learners: Local alternatives

University Library Services for distance learners

Using local libraries in the UK

SCONUL Access scheme

Newcastle University members can access many university libraries in the UK and Ireland.
  The SCONUL Access scheme provides borrowing for most

  • Academic staff
  • Postgraduate resarch students
  • Part time distance learning and placement students
  • Full-time postgraduates (Note: borrowing is not always available, check first.)

Reference access is available for most

  • Full-time undergraduates

To use the scheme fill out the application form:

Application form and more information

Please note that not all University libraries are a member of the scheme and some members give limited access (e.g. to full time postgraduates).

Before visiting the library check their opening hours and make sure you have the necessary identification (usually your University smartcard and the email acceptance from your application).

Connecting to Newcastle from other universities


EduRoam is the wireless roaming service used by the international research and education community.

It is available across campus to visiting students, researchers, academics and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop or smartphone.

The service uses the SSID eduroam with Wireless Protected Access (WPA) and Enterprise level encryption (EAP).

To set this up please see additional webpages:

Newcastle University ISS Eduroam


Local alternatives

If you can't find what you need in our extensive eBook and eJournal collections or through our postal loan, Desktop Delivery service or Inter Library loans, there may be libraries near where you live which can help. 

If you’re not sure which public libraries are in your area, your local council should be able to help you. Alternatively, the UK Public Libraries Page has listing of public libraries.
They often have very good academic collections and offer access to the Internet and IT facilities.

If you live near your National Library you may be able to consult resources there too.

Academic and FE libraries which are not part of SCONUL may still allow visitors to use their print collections. If you're unsure as to which academic library is the nearest to you, consult the University of Wolverhampton UK Sensitive Map which will help you find the nearest HE or FE college to you in the UK.