Joining the library - access to other libraries

Newcastle University staff and students

Local universities - Durham, Sunderland and Teesside

Staff and students of Newcastle University have reference access at any time on production of their Smartcard.

Northumbria University is available for reference use on production of a valid Smartcard only during staffed hours.

Outside of staffed hours, access is only available to borrowing members of the SCONUL Access Scheme.

Great North Museum: Hancock Library

The Great North Museum Library is open to the public, and its holdings are included on our own library catalogue. It contains the collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, and the John Cowen library, which covers archaeology and ancient history.

Newcastle University staff and students may borrow items from the Cowen collection, and items from the other collections are available for reference.

View the student Guide to the Great North Museum Library

Please note: items located in the Great North Museum Resource Centre should be requested in advance and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. To check book availability please contact the Great North Museum Library.

Term time opening hours are Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm. Please check for vacation opening times by telephone: 0191 208 3555 or email:

Access to the British Library

Anyone requiring use of the British Library for their research can apply for a reader pass.

For more information visit the British Library website.

Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Access Scheme

This scheme allows academic staff, postgraduates, registered part-time students, distance learning students, and students on placement for more than six weeks, to borrow books from other universities. Full time undergraduates have reference access.

For more information visit the SCONUL website. Please note that not all university libraries are a member of the scheme.

You can apply for membership and you will be sent an approval notification email. Please print a copy to take to the library you wish to join, along with your library Smartcard or campus ID. Before visiting the library of your choice, check their opening hours.

Please note we will be unable to process any SCONUL applications between December 21st 2018 and 2nd January 2019.

Eduroam is part of the national Janet Roaming Service (JRS) which allows staff and students to access internet services at participating institutions using your usual username and password.

Find out more about the Eduroam scheme.

SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme

Under the terms of the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme, students from participating SCONUL universities may have access to other higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland during those institutions’ vacations.

Borrowing privileges and access to Inter Library Loans and databases are not included in this scheme.

Students wishing to visit other libraries under this scheme should carry their library Smartcard or campus ID as proof of eligibility.

Northumbria University Library - please note that during their Easter vacation, access is only available to Northumbria staff and students.

Under this scheme, other university students have access to Newcastle University during Newcastle University vacations.