Using other libraries


Due to the COVID-19 crisis we regret that access to other University libraries is likely to be restricted. Please do not try to access other libraries without contacting them first to find out if there are any restrictions, and make sure you follow official government advice at all times.

BooksRequesting books / journal articles from the British Library (and some university libraries)

We can request books and/or journal articles via another library on your behalf. These are known as Inter-Library Loans, or ILLs for short.

Click here for details on how to request an Inter Library Loan.

Click here to access to the British Library catalogue.

If you would like help with your research, please ask your Librarian for help.


NUA Library belongs to the SCONUL Access scheme, which allows many students and staff to borrow from other university libraries. (There is no charge for this).

You may be able to borrow from other college or university libraries if you are:

  • a member of staff (both academic and support staff) on an open or fixed term contract
  • a postgraduate research student registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • a part-time, distance learning and placement student
  • or a full-time postgraduate. Please note: if you are a full-time undergraduate, you may be able to access and read the resources of other college and university libraries but you will not be able to borrow.

To apply online for SCONUL Access, click SCONUL Access application.

UEA logoVisiting / borrowing from UEA Library

Click here to check the UEA Library catalogue

For general details, including opening hours, please visit the UEA Library homepage.

UEA day visitors (reference only use, no borrowing rights)

NUA students / staff can go to UEA Library and sign in as a day visitor to access their physical resources on a reference only basis. You will need to take your NUA ID card (and proof of address, e.g. a bank statement) with you. You can also request a temporary username and password to access some of the library’s e-resources.

Please note that One-Day Passes can only be issued during specific times. Check the UEA page for visitors for full information: UEA visitors.

Borrowing from UEA

NUA is part of the SCONUL Access scheme which allows many university students and staff to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

Staff, part-time, distance learning and placement students, plus full time taught postgraduates may be given the following borrowing rights at UEA:

  • 5 standard loan items
  • 4 renewals (as long as an item has not been requested)

NB Full time undergraduates can access UEA library (see day visitor information above), but will have no borrowing rights.

To apply for a SCONUL card, click here: Application for SCONUL Access

To renew UEA items online, request your username and password when you collect your UEA library card.

Please note that users will not be able to place reservations on UEA material and cannot borrow high demand items, DVDs or CLRC items.