Visiting other libraries

NTU is a member of a number of schemes which allow you to access other university libraries.

Under these schemes, you cannot usually access their electronic resources. But often you are able to search their online catalogues to see if they hold material you are looking for. You usually do this through their own website or through COPAC.

If you want to get hold of an item in another library and you are a member of staff, researcher, postgraduate or undergraduate in your final two years, you are eligible to use the Inter-library loans (ILL) or Secure document delivery (SED) services offered by the British Library.


With the launch of the new Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) website, some major changes have taken place to the way the SCONUL Access Scheme is administrated. Instead of submitting paper forms, customers who wish to apply to the scheme are able to on the SCONUL website. Please see our SCONUL user guide.PDF icon

British Library

You can apply to use the main reading rooms of the British Library. When you do so, they will ask you to provide personal identification, proof of address and your NTU Smartcard. They will then discuss your research needs with you and the best way to satisfy them.

Public libraries

Join your public library! Although the library may not stock many specialised subject resources, there is an extended range of material. Inter-library loan facilities may be available but there can be a charge for this. Some of the larger reference libraries have collections that are particularly useful for subjects such as business or local history. The public libraries dataset includes links to public library locations on the web.

Special libraries

You may have access to a workplace library or belong to a professional association that has a library service. If so, make the most of the resources available to you.

Locating other institutions

The UCAS map of unis and colleges offers a useful guide to the location of other institutions. It also provides direct access to their library catalogues and information on facilities and profiles.