On occasions you may wish to have access to other libraries and resource centres, perhaps because you are studying away from the University campus, are a flexible learner, a part-time or placement student or because you want to consult a wider collection of materials for advanced study or research. There is a variety of resources available.
Teesside University participates in the SCONUL Access scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.
Students from the School of Heath & Social Care employed by local trusts or on placement in the NHS will normally have access to local NHS libraries.
Generally, public libraries in Great Britain are free to access and they can offer a variety of services, e.g. collections of books and other materials for loan, reference materials and journals, interlibrary loans and in many cases Internet access. To join a library you would normally need to show ID bearing your address. Arrangements vary from one local authority to another, so check before your visit.
If you plan to visit another library, it is advisable to check opening times and access arrangements in advance with the relevent library, you can do this from individual institutions’ websites.
As well as individual library catalogues, it is also possible to access merged catalogues online. Perhaps the best example of these is COPAC http://copac.ac.uk which contains details of the collections in university and national libraries in the UK and Ireland.
The British Library Documentation Centre at Boston Spa near Wetherby, North Yorkshire is a reading room holding items for consultation, for further information on the British library including use of the readings rooms, see the links below.
SUNCAT - UK Union Catalogue of Serials - SUNCAT is an EDINA service which enables researchers and librarians to locate serials held in libraries throughout the UK. SUNCAT contains information on both print and electronic serials, including journals, periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, annual reports and other publications of a continuing nature. SUNCAT includes serials' information from over 60 UK libraries, including the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, some of the largest Higher Education institutions in the UK and a number of specialist libraries. Serials holdings from new libraries will be added over time.
WorldCat - WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
The Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne - The Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil) in Newcastle upon Tyne is the largest independent library outside London, housing over 150,000 books. There is also a large music library, without equal in the North of England, including 8,000 CDs and 10,000 LPs.