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Membership: Patron Types and Access

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

Campus-based Members (currently registered students and staff) of the University have unlimited loans at Colchester and Loughton and full e-resource access throughout their time at the University.

Intermitting students, please check the details in the table below.

For information about physical loans at the Southend campus, please see the section on 'Your Library' in our Getting started guide.

Library access expires on the last day of the course / final day of employment. 

For more information on access, please click on the relevant links in the table below, or contact us


  • SC stands for Student Collection (books on Essential Reading lists). This collection is only at Colchester.
  • ILL stands for Inter-Library Loan availability
  • Visitors are only accepted at Colchester campus.


  Books E-Resources 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
Aegean Omiros College (AOC) (Students)
Aegean Omiros College (AOC) (Staff)
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation (EPUT)
Special Categories
SCONUL A ✔ (Max 5)
SCONUL B ✔ (Max 5)
SCONUL C ✔ (Max 5)
Affiliate  ✔ (Max 5)
Associate (Staff)
Alumni Students ✔ (Max 5)
Alumni Staff ✔ (Max 5)
Visitors (Colchester campus only)
Intermitting students

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