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We encourage students to use other local libraries, including your local public library.
Durham-registered students can apply to use a local university library through the SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) scheme. But note that the right to grant library membership via SCONUL rests entirely with the host university, not Durham. For example, the University of Birmingham only offers borrowing rights via SCONUL to part time and distance learning students.
The University of Birmingham does however offer library access to members of the public up to ten times per year.