Aston students are able to use other academic libraries within the UK via a scheme called SCONUL Access. SCONUL Access is a reciprocal service supported by most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland.
How to register for SCONUL Access membership
To join SCONUL Access you will need to fill in an application form online at: http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access You must supply your Aston University email address and your Aston University ID number (or Library barcode) on your application form. Once you have received an email approving your application (this should be within 5 working days), print this out and take it to the library you have applied for (remember to take your Aston card with you too). Check the SCONUL website for any further conditions of registration at the library you wish to attend.
What to expect from your SCONUL Access membership
Becoming a member of another university library will not normally mean that you get the same privileges as the university’s own staff and students, and the number of books you can borrow will vary. You will be assigned to a SCONUL Access band, depending on your status and this will determine your borrowing rights. Full time undergraduate students only have reference access to SCONUL Access member libraries.
Access to the British Library
The British Library is open to all undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and staff.
If you wish to join the British Library, you will need to take along proof of identity and home address (a bank or credit card, passport or driver’s licence, together with a utility bill or bank statement).
To find out more about this, the UK’s national library, please visit http://www.bl.uk
To contact the British Library phone +44(0)20 7412 7677 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
You may wish to consult the British Library catalogues before you visit so that you make the best use of your time there http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/listings.html.