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Students and staff from other Higher Education institutions and M25 access

This section provides information on how to join the Drill Hall Library if you are a member of staff or a student at another university. It also provides information for staff and researchers from eligible M25 consortium member institutions.


The Universities at Medway partner institutions are members of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. This scheme allows staff and students from other higher education institutions who are members of the SCONUL Access scheme access to the Drill Hall Library. For further information please visit the SCONUL site.

How to join

You can apply for SCONUL Access membership online and will receive an email to confirm your membership if your application is successful.

In order to register with the Drill Hall, on your first visit you will need to visit our Reception Desk and bring:

  • a printed copy of your SCONUL Access membership confirmation email (or SCONUL card); and
  • your home institution ID card.

We will ask you to complete a registration form, to have your photo taken and confirm your acceptance of the Drill Hall Library's rules. You will receive a membership card and a PC log in to use one of our five visitor PCs. You will need to bring your membership card with you on every visit and produce it at any time if requested to do so by a member of staff.

Please note that registration for new SCONUL users is available from 08:30-19:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00-17:00 at weekends. Please check our opening hours before you visit. During periods of extended opening SCONUL users are required to leave the library by midnight.

During your membership you will be subject to the library rules and are responsible for borrowed material and any debts or charges incurred. In the event that you default and fail to pay, your home institution library will be informed, which may result in the loss of your SCONUL Access membership.

What will I be entitled to at the Drill Hall Library

Depending on your eligibility you will either be granted reference access or borrowing rights.

If you are eligible for borrowing rights, you will be entitled to borrow five ordinary or 7-day loan items.

Please note that inter-site loans (items that show a location of Avery Hill or Maritime Greenwich on our catalogue), inter-library loans, theses/dissertations, reservations and access to university IT facilities and electronic databases (e-books, e-journals and databases) are excluded from the scheme.

The Universities at Medway is, however, a member of Janet Roaming (Eduroam). This allows SCONUL Access students wireless internet access, via their own device, by using their home institution username and password. Wi-fi is also available to all users. See further information on connecting to the wireless.

Things to check before you visit

Our opening hours.

Our catalogue to make sure we have the items you need.

That you have your membership card with you.


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