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Staff and students of other universities and colleges - SCONUL Access.

As a student or staff member at another higher educational institution, there are several ways in which you can access DMU Library Services, depending on your mode of attendance.

Under the SCONUL access scheme, the library from your home institution will provide you with a validated SCONUL card or email. Bring this card, together with your home institution ID card, in order to gain access.

Sign-in visitor access is provided during staffed service hours up until 7.00pm (5.00pm on Saturdays). Once you have registered with us, your library membership card will grant you repeat access at any time during staffed hours up until 8.30pm. Membership cards are created at the Welcome and Help Desk of our Kimberlin Library, whilst you wait. A digital photograph is taken as part of the registration process for inclusion in the completed membership card. To obtain a library card, you must arrive in the Kimberlin library between 9:30 and 11:00 am, or between 4:00 and 7:00pm, on weekdays, during term time. At all other times, the last library card will be printed half an hour before close of the Welcome and Help desk, as shown on our opening hours. If there are three or more of you coming as a group to get a library card made, please arrange this in advance by e-mailing justask@dmu.ac.uk.

For students:

If you are full time you may be eligible for a reference card. If you are on a part time course or a recognised Distance Learning course you may be eligible for borrowing membership. Your home institution library will determine this for you – ask them for more information.

For staff:

Your will normally be eligible for a borrowing card. Contact your home institution library to obtain a SCONUL card and bring this, together with your staff ID card to Kimberlin during staffed service hours.

Membership cards are created at the Welcome and Help Desk of our Kimberlin Library, whilst you wait. A digital photograph is taken as part of the registration process for inclusion in the completed membership card.

Services available

Reference membership gives you access to Kimberlin Library during staffed service hours up until 8.30pm 5.30pm Saturday and 6.30pm on Sunday. This allows you to access to open print collections and make use of study facilities.

If you are eligible for borrowing membership (check with your home institution library) then after registering you may borrow up to 4 items from the Library’s main collection (excluding Short Loan) and have reference access to journals and other open access collections and study facilities.

Details of the Library’s holdings may be accessed via the Library Catalogue. The Kimberlin Library has an extensive stock covering a wide range of subjects. The Law Library in Hugh Aston building holds core material in this area.

You are advised to check site details carefully on the Library Catalogue before visiting one of our libraries in person if there is a specific item you wish to borrow or consult.

Restrictions on use

Please note that we are unable to offer external users access to electronic information, slide and video collections because of licensing restrictions. The inter-library loans facility is not available to external users. All users are bound by Library Regulations. Access and membership are provided at the discretion of the Director of Library Services.

Please be aware that most of our law related books and journals are housed in a separate library within a faculty building. There is no access to this law library for non-DMU library users so alumni, SCONUL users and members of the public do not have access to these resources.

Travelling to our libraries

Library Services encourages all visitors to use public transport when coming to campus. Plans of the campus and directions for visitors can be found on the university web pages.