Accessing other libraries



The information on this page is relevant to Royal Holloway staff and students. 


The SCONUL Access scheme is the first portal of call if you need to use another university library. Royal Holloway participates in this scheme, which allows all categories of staff or students to use other university libraries, with different borrowing rights dependent on your given band.

Royal Holloway User Status


Access Rights

Full-Time Undergraduate


Reference only

Full-Time Postgraduate (Taught)


                  Borrowing but no e-access

Part-Time Postgraduate (Taught)


                  Borrowing but no e-access

Distance Learner


                  Borrowing but no e-access

Postgraduate (Research)


                  Borrowing but no e-access



                  Borrowing but no e-access

How do I apply?


Please select Royal Holloway as your home institution, and ensure you use the correct student number and college email.

After you have completed the Library Access Application Form, we will receive an email requesting that we confirm your status as a current Royal Holloway student or staff member in good standing. This means that all fines are cleared from your account, and that all of your books and loans are within date.

Applications may be denied if your student number or college email is incorrect, or if you have outstanding fees or overdue books on your account. Likewise, SCONUL access can be revoked at any time if you do not remain in good standing with Royal Holloway Library, or any institution that you visit. 

Once we confirm your status, you will receive an email from SCONUL to confirm the success of your application.

You only need to apply once: once you're accepted you will be able to access material from all participating institutions.

Please note that the application process is not immediate and takes up to 48 hours, Monday - Friday, so ensure you apply within good time before you plan your visit. 

Senate House Library

Senate House Library, the central University of London Library, is an important resource for additional e-journals, online databases and research materials, especially for the Arts and Humanities, and Psychology. 

Royal Holloway students and staff can become a member of Senate House Library free of charge. Apply for a library card by visiting Senate House Library, taking along your Royal Holloway RSC (College) card. The card must not have expired. Alternatively, register online using the link at the top of this page to access Senate House Library e-resources.

Return Senate House Library books on campus

There is a drop box on campus at the Depository (Building 39 on the campus map) where Royal Holloway staff and students can return books borrowed from Senate House Library. The drop box is located in the fence by the green gates at the entrance to the Depository site. There are a few things to note: 

  • The box is open 24/7
  • Items deposited will be taken off your account on the same working day
  • Fines money cannot be taken at the Depository, nor can fines disputes be dealt with there


Inter-Library loans