Using other libraries

British Library 

If you do not find the material you require in the University of Sussex Library you may find it via our electronic resources or you may wish to see if it is held by another library. Details of reciprocal schemes and information on other libraries open to Sussex students and staff are available on this page. 

Other academic libraries


The SCONUL Access scheme enables academic staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students that are part-time, distance learners or on a placement scheme to obtain borrowing facilities at other university libraries. Full-time undergraduates may use these libraries for reference only. Application forms, further details of the scheme and a list of participating institutions are available via the SCONUL website. Once completed, take your application form to the Enquiries desk where staff will authorise it, providing you are in good standing with the library i.e. no overdue loans, outstanding fines or charges.

University of Brighton

You can use the University of Brighton libraries for reference purposes on production of your ID card. (Use sabre to search the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton collection).

The British Library

The British Library have reviewed their access policy to their Reading Rooms at St Pancras and it is now possible to obtain a reader's pass without a letter of authorisation from your own university library. For further details please visit their admissions web pages.


The University of Sussex is a member of the M25 group; this allows our staff and students access to the many libraries in London who participate in this scheme. If you want to access additional material in your subject area, the InforM25 website allows searching by subject and indicates which libraries might hold items of interest. There is also a facility for cross-searching library catalogues from different libraries.


SUNCAT is the Serials UNion CATalogue for the UK. This is a key tool for locating journals held in UK university and college libraries


COPAC is the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL) Online Public Access Catalogue. It's a combined catalogue to several major university libraries, including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Oxford, Trinity College, Dublin and parts of the London system. The catalogue provides details about access.


SABRE searches the University of Brighton, University of Sussex and Brighton & Sussex NHS library catalogues simultaneously.


Other local libraries

Glass Library