Visiting other libraries

There may be times when you want to visit other libraries across the UK. Whether you want to use their study spaces or look at their collections, you can find out more here.

Services may differ due to COVID-19. Please see our FAQs for more information.


We are part of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL). You may be able to visit or join other university libraries using their access scheme:

Using WiFi at other institutions

If the library or institution you are visiting is a member of eduroam, you will be able to connect your device to their WiFi. University of Sunderland is a member of eduroam which means internet connectivity is available for staff and students who are visiting other participating institutions. You will need your University of Sunderland User ID and password to log in. Information is available on the My IT Support webpages:

Speak to the staff at the library you are visiting for more information.

The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the UK. They receive a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. You can request to use their Reading Rooms and view items in their collections.

Archives and special collections

Many libraries and museums have archives and special collections. Please contact individual institutions beforehand to see if you are eligible to visit.

The below search services can help you locate material in UK and Irish academic, national & specialist libraries:

  • COPAC Copac supports researchers and information professionals by enabling them to search the catalogues of over 90 libraries at once, including the UK national libraries, University libraries, and specialist libraries.
  • Archives Hub Use the Archives Hub to save time and search the archives of over 300 UK institutions at once for the locations of archive material.