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SCONUL Access is a reciprocal access scheme granting borrowing privileges to library users of higher education libraries in Ireland and the UK.  Each member library chooses the type of user to accept and  borrowing privileges associated with the user group.  NUI Galway offers borrowing to all three bands, see table below for information on bands and borrowing privileges. Go to the SCONUL Access website for details of more than 150 participating libraries and check which types of user are accepted by individual member libraries.



Borrowing Privileges

Band A

Staff & Research Students

4 Books for 14 days with 5 renewals

Band B

Part-time Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Distance learning & placement students

4 Books for 14 days with 5 renewals

Band C

Full-time Taught Postgraduates

4 Books for 14 days with 5 renewals

Band R

Reference access to full-time undergraduates and some other users not covered by the banding agreement

 No borrowing privileges

The following Irish universities are members of the scheme:

Dublin City University [Band A]


University College Cork [Bands A C]


University College Dublin [Band A]


University of Limerick [Bands A C]


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland [Band A]


National University of Ireland, Maynooth [Bands A B C]


Queen’s University, Belfast [Band A]


University of Ulster [Bands A B C]


How to Apply

To request access to another library in the scheme:

  • Visit SCONUL Access and complete the online application process
  • You must use your email address on the application
  • Your application will be forwarded for approval from the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway
  • Once approved you will receive a confirmation email
  • You must retain this email as you will be asked to produce this email at the library you are visiting

Please note: The scheme does not provide automatic rights to access computer facilities, including access to electronic journals and databases.

For more information on the scheme, go to the SCONUL Access website.

Library and IT Service Desk, Library

Tel: +353 91493399

Library and IT Service Desk, Library

Tel: +353 91493399