Access and borrowing schemes

Using and visiting WHELF libraries

Students and staff in higher education

Higher education students and staff can access most of our libraries via SCONUL Access. SCONUL Access allows many university library users reciprocal access at other libraries which belong to the scheme. For more details and how to apply click here.

Other access schemes
WHELF institutions are also members of  a number of cross-sectoral and community borrowing schemes to allow access to their library for the general public and the local community. A table summarising the access schemes to which WHELF institutions belong can be downloaded here. Alternatively, click on the name of the institution listed below for further details:

Aberystwyth University
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales
Bangor University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff University
National Library of Wales
Open University Library in Wales
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Swansea University
University of South Wales
University of South Wales Trinity Saint David: Carmarthen, Lampeter, Swansea

Please note that access to each WHELF member institution is at the discretion of the host institution and can be withdrawn at any time. All borrowers wishing to access the universities of Wales must abide by the host institutions own policies, rules and regulations.

Accessing electronic resources
Walk-in Access Wales was a successful WHELF project to enable members of the public to access electronic resources in Welsh HE libraries. The project had its focus on implementing a practical solution in pilot sites at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and developing a toolkit to help other Welsh institutions set up walk-in access in the future. Project partners included Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Aberystwyth and Bangor universities. The toolkit was published in English and Welsh in March 2013; copies can be downloaded from the blog:

The following WHELF libraries are participants in the Walk-in Access Wales scheme. Click on a link below for more information.
Aberystywth University
Cardiff University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Swansea University
University of South Wales
University of South Wales Trinity Saint David: Carmarthen and Lampeter.

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