Off Campus Students

Library support for distance, online learning and off campus students

We support students on:

For details about the help and support we provide, please select one of the options below:

Postal Loan Quick Guide Document Delivery Quick Guide

Accessing other libraries

This scheme enables part-time, distance, and placement students to borrow material from other higher-education libraries in closer proximity to where you live or work. Many of the UK University and HE colleges have joined the arrangement.


To join, you must first have a valid University of Derby ID card. You can then apply to join by completing the online form on the SCONUL Access website.

Access to computers

Some libraries in the SCONUL Access scheme also provide limited access to computing facilities. You will need to be a SCONUL Access member, as detailed above.

To find out what is offered, please get in touch directly with the library you want to visit.

Computing facilities, where offered, usually include access to the Internet and a suite of office applications. Do not expect to access another library's electronic resources - publishers' copyright forbids this.

Your local public library may be able to provide you with a place to work, some books and a request service including limited inter-library loans, and limited access to computers. The limitations and possible charges for these services vary widely from authority to authority. Please bear in mind that their services and bookstock are designed with the general public in mind, not the needs of students. For more information, ask at your local public library.

Check which books are available before travelling using the catalogue links below.

COPAC (Combined University Research Libraries Catalogue) COPAC is a union catalogue. It provides free access to the merged online catalogues of many of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland and the British Library.

British Library Public Online Catalogue This service provides simple searching and ordering of documents from the British Library's extensive collections. Please note that when using the University of Derby's document delivery service, requests for material are automatically sent to the British Library Document Supply Service, if the item is not in stock at Derby.

If you have any further queries, please contact us: