Leeds Beckett students and staff can use other university libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme. For full-time undergraduates this is for reference only but other students and staff can usually borrow as well.
Apply online via the SCONUL website – watch our short video to see how – but make sure you pay any outstanding fines on your Leeds Beckett Library Account beforehand. The website also lists the University Libraries you can visit, their opening hours and any restrictions. Please note, many Universities do not allow access during busy periods such as exams so make sure you check before making a trip.
Leeds Beckett Library staff will authorise your application by email within 3 working days. Once you have received your email, take it (either in print or on your mobile) plus your Campus Card to the library you want to visit. Your email will tell you whether you have reference access or borrowing rights.
SCONUL Access doesn’t usually give you access to PCs and electronic resources. You can however access the eduroam wireless network in other universities so you will still be able to access Leeds Beckett electronic resources, the Library website and MyBeckett. You need to connect to eduroam and log in before you leave Leeds Beckett.
If you’re looking for a book or journal that Leeds Beckett Library doesn’t have in stock you might want to visit the British Library or apply for an Interlibrary Loan. This service is mainly for final year and postgraduate students, but please contact your Academic Librarian if you’re not in your final year and can’t find what you need in the Library. You can also use the Beckett Books Extra scheme to recommended material for stock – just fill in the form in the Library Tab of MyBeckett.
Ask staff if you need any help.
We work hard with departments to ensure that we have the books, journals and other resources you need to complete your work. But what should you do if you need something that The Library doesn’t have it in stock? In times like these our Interlibrary Loans team is here to help you!
Sue and Karl are based in Sheila Silver Library at City Campus and (a different!) Sue and Tom are at Headingley. They manage the service which provides access to resources which are not held by the Library or other local libraries. You can request whole books or chapters, journal articles, reports and many other types of materials. More information about the service can be found on the Library website.
Our 5 top Interlibrary Loan tips
- Check the Library catalogue and Discover to make sure we haven’t got it in stock before you request it.
- It is quicker and easier to request online via the Library tab on MyBeckett.
- Provide as much information on the Interlibrary loan form as possible.
- Where possible request a digital copy. In most cases we receive digital copies much quicker than hard copies as they do not have to go through the postal service.
- If in doubt, we’re here to help.
If you are starting to think about your dissertation or final year project there is lots of help available for you from the Library:
Skills for Learning has lots of guidance on their website and they are providing a wide range of workshops and support for research in February. They can also help if the subject you’re studying means you need to produce a dissertation based on a product.
The Library website includes information about finding past dissertations in the Library or obtaining Interlibrary Loans if you need to read something as part of your literature review that isn’t available in the Library.
You can also use our Beckett Books Extra scheme to request a book that you think should be in stock – just fill in the form on the Library Tab of MyBeckett.
Searching Discover gives you access to thousands of resources for whatever topic you pick or you can use the Subject Guides to point you in the right direction. These are created by your Academic Librarian who has expert knowledge of all the journals, databases and other material available to you. One, of these, Laurence Morris, who looks after many of the health courses, gives us an insight into his role in this Library Behind the Scenes article.
You can book an appointment with your Academic Librarian for one-to-one support on finding resources for your dissertation or project – see their contact information on your subject guide. And, of course, you can always contact the Library 24/7 and we’ll do our best to help.