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Remote help

Brunel Library aims to make its services, collections and the information it provides accessible to all.

Details of additional services and support available for specific user groups are listed below. If you have any queries or feel you may require further support, please contact us at library@brunel.ac.uk

Distance learners

The Library provides the following additional services for Brunel students registered on distance programmes:

Using other libraries

Universities

You may find it convenient to use the library of a university close to where you live. There is a specialist scheme for distance learners, called SCONUL Access which enables you to borrow from participating UK university libraries.

UK Public Libraries

Local public libraries offer access to a wide range of facilities and services, including: good printed reference material, internet access and access to some electronic resources. They also offer an interlibrary loans service so you can access printed material held elsewhere.

Libraries outside the UK

If you are based outside the UK you may be able to use the national, academic, public or professional bodies’ libraries in your host country. The British Council has a large network of libraries. Useful websites for locating information on such libraries are:

Accessing journals

Electronic journals

Many journals are available in full text electronically and can be accessed off campus. You can search for journal titles using the E-Journals A to Z or Library Search. You should have a Brunel network username and will need it to use this system. If you don’t yet have one, please contact the administrator in your academic department, who can arrange for you to be sent one.

Further information on accessing resources can be found on our Finding Information pages.

Paper journals

Some journal content is only available in paper format. If you are unable to visit to consult print journals in person we offer a Scan & Send service. See our remote services page for more details.

The Library, on receipt of your request will scan the journal article (within copyright law) and will send it to your university email address.

Materials not held by Brunel

If you require a copy of an item that is not held by Brunel Library, you could use another library (see above), however, due to license restrictions most libraries will only allow you to use their paper resources - not those they have electronically.

Alternatively, you may want to make use of our interlibrary loans service. A fee is charged for each successful application. Journal articles and photocopies from conference proceedings are sent via the postal system to users. Books and other material have to be collected from the Library. Your local public library may also be able to offer document delivery services.

Accessing electronic resources

Library databases

The Library has a number of electronic databases which contain records giving details of publications including books, journal articles, conference papers and proceedings. You can use these databases to search for useful references on specific subjects.

These electronic databases are available through the databases A-Z.

Who can I speak to for more help in accessing resources?

Further help in finding resources to support your studies is available from our Finding information pages, from the Library Help Desk or via library@brunel.ac.uk. Each subject area also has a dedicated Academic Liaison Librarian who can guide you through the resources available.

Part time students

Material not available at Brunel Library

Material not available at Brunel Library can be requested via our interlibrary loans service. A fee is charged for each successful application. Journal articles and photocopies from conference proceedings are sent via the postal system to users. Books and other material have to be collected from the Library. Your local public library may also be able to offer document delivery services.

Your local public library may also be able to offer interlibrary loan services. 

Using Other Libraries

See our page for Searching and Using other Libraries

Placement students

Before you go on placement

We can, of course, give you help and advice remotely once you have started your placement, but you can save yourself time by making sure that you have assessed your library and information needs before you go. You can access our e-resources while you are away, just use your Brunel network username and password and remember to use the Library website's links to access our subscriptions, eg: databases, e-books and e-journals which can be found via Library Search.

If you intend to visit another university with your laptop while you are away you may wish to register for the EduRoam service. See the Connect portal for more details. We recommend that you should always use the links to e-resources from these Library web pages. Should you have any difficulty connecting to any of the subscribed e-resources, however, you may find the Computer Centre's AnyConnect VPN Universal application useful. See the Connect portal and select the relevant service package for more details.

SCONUL Access

If you are a student on thin sandwich, thick sandwich, teaching practice or any other type of work placement which lasts ten weeks or more, you are eligible to join the SCONUL Access scheme. This means that you will be able to join certain other university libraries and borrow some types of material from them.

Electronic resources

You can access many of the Library's services without coming into the University, such as the Library Search search tool, the Library catalogue, databases and electronic journal collections, which offer the full text of many journals. For more information, links to resources and guidance, see our Finding Information pages.

You may need to use these for literature searches and research. If you are unfamiliar with these resources, it would be a good idea to visit the Library before you go on placement.

Using Other Libraries

See our page for Searching and Using other Libraries.