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Membership: Patron Types and Access

Information on the different users within the library and what you are able to access.

Members (currently registered students and staff) of the University have unlimited loans and full e-resources access. 

All visitors to The Albert Sloman Library at Colchester may use selected library e-resources within the library building (known as Walk-in access). More information on using the library as a visitor


  • SL/SC stands for Short Loan and Student Collection. This is only at Colchester.
  • Visitors are only accepted at Colchester campus.
  Books E-Resources SL/SC Laptops ILL
University of Essex Online Staff (Kaplan) ✔ (e-format only)
University of Essex Online Students (Kaplan) ✔ (e-format only)
Kaplan Singapore Staff
Kaplan Singapore Students
University of Essex International College Staff
University of Essex International College Students
North West University Students
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
Colchester Institute Students (PG) ✔ (Max 5)
Writtle College Students
Special Categories
SCONUL A ✔ (Max 5)
SCONUL B ✔ (Max 5)
SCONUL C ✔ (Max 5)
Affiliate (Visitors) ✔ (Max 5)
Associate (Staff)
Alumni Students ✔ (Max 5)
Alumni Staff ✔ (Max 5)