Toothbrush, phone, tickets… Add SCONUL Access to your vacation plans!

Cartoon picture of a slim grey mouse with a long blonde plait tied in a blue ribbon.
The mouse is in an orange dress, a camera on a strap slung over their shoulder. They have two small cases threaded onto their tail and they are wearing red welly boots.
The mouse is carrying a lamp and three books tied up with string.
The mouse is smiling, they are a happy mouse.

Many of us leave the Oxford area during vacation, but that doesn’t mean that you have to leave libraries behind.
The vast majority of our eresources are available to you while you are away, particularly if being away means staying in the UK.

Want to catch up on some theatre or TV? Try BoB and Digital Theatre+

Don’t know where to start? Try our ‘Reading and Viewing for pleasure‘ list to get some ideas.

Need to use a library space while you are away? You might be surprised to learn that we can help with that too.

A painting and some books on shelves at Wheatley Library.
Wooden book shelves filled with books. Above the books is the painting 'Omega' by Evelyn Dunbar.

The SCONUL* Access Scheme is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use print books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

You’ll find the SCONUL Access page here:

Have a look and see if there is a library near to you that you might be able to use.

Remember, many Universities close between 24 December and the beginning of the new calendar year, so check opening hours before making any visits. If you know any UK and Irish students travelling in the other direction, ie into Oxford for their vacations, let them know about SCONUL Access, they might be able to use Brookes whilst you’re away!

*SCONUL = Society of College, National and University Libraries

— Penny Robertson, Academic Liaison Librarian

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