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New external members are only registered during our staffed hours. Please check our opening hours before travelling.


SCONUL Access scheme

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland. It provides borrowing access for most:

  • staff on open or fixed term contracts;
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification;
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students; and
  • full-time postgraduate course students.

Reference access is available for most full-text undergraduate students. Further details can be found on the SCONUL Access website.

Membership of SCONUL Access is granted by your home university library. You can apply online using the SCONUL Access website. The University of Bradford offers access to all SCONUL Access members. Please bring your SCONUL Access membership email from your home institution (or SCONUL Access card), along with your student card, to the Welcome Desk in the JB Priestley Library. Please check our opening hours before travelling. Maps and directions are available on the library website.

SCONUL Access members are able to borrow books as follows:

  • Band A members: 18 books.
  • Band B members: 4 books.
  • Band C members: 4 books.

Band R members are not able to borrow books.

Please note: SCONUL Access members are not able to reserve items, book rooms, borrow laptops or other very short loan items. 

SCONUL Summer Vacation Access Scheme

Under the terms of the SCONUL Summer Vacation Access Scheme, students from other institutions whose libraries are members of SCONUL may have access to the university library for reference purposes. 

Students will need to present their valid library/ID card at the Welcome Desk in the JB Priestley Library. Please check our opening hours and contact details.

Bradford graduates

Alumni of the University are automatically entitled to reference and study use of the library after leaving the University.

Graduates who wish to apply for a reference card should go to the Welcome Desk in the JB Priestley Library and complete an application form. There is no charge for reference access.

If borrowing is required, there is a charge of £35.00 per annum which will allow four books to be borrowed at any one time. Please ask at the Welcome Desk for further information.

NB! Inter-Library Loan service; IT facilities; and online databases, ebooks and ejournals are not accessible to alumni. Check the library's information page on selected eResources available to all users.

Bradford College students

Students from Bradford College may not use the library unless prior permission has been obtained by the College Director of Learning Resources, on their behalf. Where such permission has been granted the letter of authority must be produced.

Members of the public and community researchers

Members of the public may have limited access to the university library collections as follows:

  1. European Documentation Centre: Members of the public who wish to consult documents from the European Union may do so. An appointment with the EDC Librarian should be made in advance as this is a closed collection and items will need to be collected from our store.
  2. Members of the public may consult specific books or journals to which there is no other reasonable local access. Applications should be made in advance to the Welcome Desk in order that the availability of the items can be verified.
  3. University of Bradford theses. Applications must be made in advance as collections from the thesis store are only made twice each day. Proof of name and address is required.
  4. The Commonweal Collection is an independent specialist library concerned with issues relating to non-violent social change. Further information about the Collection, including information on membership, can be found on the Commonweal Collection page
  5. Community research groups may wish to organise an induction session for group members. Please contact
  6. Special Collections. Over 100 collections of archives and rare books on University history, Bradford, the Yorkshire Dales, peace, archaeology and much more. Most are open to everyone (by appointment). See Special Collections for more information, ways we can help, and how to contact us.

Members of the public who wish to make more general use of the Library must apply in writing to the Welcome Desk, stating the reason for the request.

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Privacy policy

This notice applies to members of the University of Bradford library who are not registered students or members of staff of the University.

Data collected includes

  • name;
  • title;
  • address;
  • email address;
  • UB number (Bradford graduates only);
  • name of home institution, membership type and home institution card number (SCONUL Access members only);
  • name of home institution and card number (HE and FE members outside the SCONUL Access scheme);
  • name of home institution (school visitors);
  • photograph and
  • usage data, including entries made and items borrowed.

The data given will be used for the purpose of giving access to services provided by the University of Bradford library.

Statistics collected on usage are gathered anonymously.

Data relating to most of our users will not be used for marketing purposes. The exceptions are Commonweal and Special Collections users who may receive occasional messages relating to these collections.

Data will be deleted no later than the September following expiry of the account, unless there are unpaid fines or one or more books on the account. In this case, data will be retained for the purpose of debt recovery.

Data will be shared with a third party only for purposes of debt recovery, and, in the case of student members, with the student’s home institution in the event of misconduct.

Users can withdraw consent at any time by emailing Access to the library will cease as soon as the data we hold is deleted.

Contact us

JB Priestley Library

Richmond Road
University of Bradford
West Yorkshire

Tel. 01274 233301 

To contact the University’s Data Protection Officer, please call 01274 233021 or email

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.