SCONUL Access Scheme

Did you know you may be eligible to borrow material from other UK University libraries? Our University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. SCONUL Access grants borrowing privileges to various types of library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Who’s eligible?

SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:

  • academic staff
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • full-time postgraduates

SCONUL Access also provides for a reference only service for most full-time undergraduate students and staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements.

Borrowing entitlements – e.g. number of loans, loan period and types of material may vary among institutions.

Please note that access to IT facilities and electronic resources are not normally included in the scheme. You may however be able to access the wireless network on your personal device while visiting other university libraries if they use the same Eduroam wireless network as ourselves. See the university’s guide to Eduroam to learn more.

Click here to find out a bit more about the scheme and how to apply!

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

How to use the co-labs

Did you know about the 16 collaborative group study spaces (Co-labs) in TSDRL? 

Each of them can seat up to 7 people and has a PC, plasma screen, power sockets and headphone ports.   

They are located on Floors 3-6 in the NW corner of the building (turn right when you come out of the lifts!). They operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority for groups of 3 or more.   

If your group can’t find a space, and see a Co-Lab being used by only one or two individuals, please do feel free to come and tell library staff. We will ask the other library users to re-locate and help them find a space.  

You may also like to make use of the new wireless ‘Airplay’ function, which allows you to display content from your device on the large screen. Simply press the Airplay button and follow the on-screen instructions.  

Quiet discussion:       Food:          Drinks:  


Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk 

Connecting to eduroam/other networks

Did you know the university runs a free Wi-Fi service, which allows students and staff secure access to the internet all year round?  

On campus and the university halls of residence, you can connect to eduroam. All you need, to connect your favourite devices to eduroam, is your computer username and password. Find out more about the steps required depending on the type of device you are using by visiting this page: www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/systems/wireless-connection/ 

Other wireless networks available include Aberdeen-city-connect; intended for visitors to the university (e.g. visitors on open days, events and festivals), wireless-help and UoA-Gaming.  

Just remember, you must add @abdn.ac.uk to your username when connecting to our wireless networks.  

For more information, visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/wireless/index.php 

Eleni Borompokaeleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk