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Lifelong Libraries - professions and organisations

Beyond University: libraries for professionals

Welcome to this guide to libraries: aimed particularly at professionals and others who are not University members, to provide basic details of libraries available to them through professional bodies and other institutions.  

For current students and staff of University of Birmingham, first see Library Services at UoB

Sconul Access: If you are a current student, whether at Birmingham or another member library in the UK, you can join the Sconul Access scheme for walk-in use of other academic libraries who also belong.  See the Sconul pages for details.

The British Library is the national library with its main collections and Reading Rooms near Euston Station in London: see the "Join" pages for information about membership.

Scotland and Wales: Links here for membership information on the National Library of Scotland and National Library of Wales. 

The National Library of Ireland is in Dublin.

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