University of the Highlands and Islands Library

University of the Highlands and Islands Library

Using UHI libraries

Information for students, staff and researchers of other universities

UHI is a member of the  SCONUL Access, a co-operative scheme which supports the learning needs of distance learning, part-time and placement students of participating institutions in the UK.

This means you have access to UHI libraries if you have been accepted for the scheme.

On arriving you must produce your printed library access approval notification email along with your home university library or ID card.
A SCONUL access account will then be created for you by the institution and their rules will apply.

Borrowing limits for Sconul access users across the UHI are as follows:

  • Band A – staff and research students (2 item limit)
  • Band B – part time, distance learning and placement students (2 item limit)
  • Band C – full time taught postgraduates (2 item limit)
  • Band R – reference only.


SCONUL Access Band


Band A

Research Students

Band A

Part-time postgraduate

Band B

Part-time undergraduate

Band B

Distance learning

Band B


Band B

Full-time taught postgraduate

Band C

Full-time undergraduate


There may be some restrictions on the types of materials which can be borrowed or accessed, such as books in high demand at particular UHI academic partners. You should also appreciate that our academic partner libraries may not stock books or journals relevant to your area of study.  Inter-site/inter-library loans are not included as part of Sconul access borrowing rights.

Note that licensing agreements usually restrict access to electronic databases to staff and students enrolled in UHI and its academic partners.

Joining the library service

The service is free to all students enrolled on any UHI or partner college course and to all staff employed by UHI or at an academic partner.  Student library accounts are created at course registration, with the student ID number being the library number.  Resources in any UHI library are available to all staff and students.

Core services

The following core services are available at all UHI library/learning resource centres:

  • access to books for loan and reference, and journals, which support the courses offered.
  • access to resources held across the network through inter-site loan (speak to your librarian), subject to local rules on borrowing.
  • access to PCs and other ICT facilities and access to the Internet
  • access to online information such as electronic journals and e-books.
  • access to other university libraries

Scottish collections policy

The aim of the policy is to ensure that researchers, in the broadest sense, continue to have access to low-use print research materials.

Library services handbook

The UHI Library Services Handbook provides details of the wide range of library services available to you, of who to contact for further support and sections highlighting the most useful e-resources for each subject area.