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
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
Wrexham Glyndwr University

Please note that access to each WHELF member institution is at the discretion of the host institution and can be withdrawn at any time.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.

SWAMP: South West and Mid Wales Library Partnership consists of: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Swansea.

The partners are:

  • Public Library Services: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Swansea.
  • Further Education Institutions: Ceredigion College, Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea,   NPTC Group and Pembrokeshire College.
  • Higher Education Institutions: Aberystwyth University, Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea.
  • Health: Hywel Dda University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board and part of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Government and Specialist: National Library of Wales, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Library, St David’s Cathedral Library, Welsh Government Library and Welsh National Botanic Gardens Library.

SWAMP has a passport scheme which library members can use to visit and borrow from other libraries. The scheme covers most of the libraries within the SWAMP region.

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
Bangor University
Cardiff University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
University of South Wales
University of South Wales Trinity Saint David: Carmarthen and Lampeter.

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