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Distance Learners: Other libraries

Commuter students

We know most Middlesex students commute to the University.  So it may be easier for you to use a University library near you as a place to study and to access wifi via Eduroam.  You do this via SCONUL Access.  We also have software which will change text into audio files.  This page tells you how.

**** Sconul Access Scheme suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 ****

Extra free e-books and e-journals now available

Your MDX library is pleased to announce two new collections of extra books and journals available for you during the pandemic.  You can access these resources via Module Reading Lists or My Subject within the Library Guides.

  • eTextbooks and eResources (temporary Covid19 Access):  More textbooks from Kortext and Vital Source plus a number of art, design, fashion and architecture resources from Bloomsbury, Berg and Fairchild.  Kortext have provided as many of our essential and recommended texts as they have access to.   Please note this access is only for a limited time.
  • Open Access eResources (Permanent Free Access): These open access resources are available for free long term.  These include journals, government publications and images.  Subject covered include art, drama, music, law, nursing and theology. 

Using other libraries

SCONUL access  **** Scheme suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 ****

  • This scheme enables physical access to other academic libraries and also borrowing rights for part-time, distance and placement students on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. 
  • SCONUL Access is open to all Middlesex University students and those studying joint/franchised programmes at partner institutions. It is not open to students studying at validated only partners.
  • A list of member libraries, their library catalogues and visiting procedures, are available from the website. 
  • To apply, go to the SCONUL Access web site and complete the online form.  You will then receive an email confirming your membership.  You should take this with your Middlesex University ID card* to the libraries you wish to use.
  • If you are a registered distance learning student and did not receive an ID card at enrollment, please create a ticket to request one and attach a completed Student ID Card Application Form along with a passport style photo of yourself. The card will be posted to you, so please remember to include your preferred postal address in the ticket.  
  • There is no charge for this scheme but you may be required to pay for an identity card at the library you visit.

British Library

  • The British Library is one of the world's greatest collections of books and journals.
  • If you have been unable to find the material you require elsewhere, you may be able to consult it there.
  • The British Library has been closed due to Covid-19 but will be offering limited access to its Reading Rooms (St Pancras and Boston Spa) from 22/07/2020, to those who already have a Reader Pass. Further details here.


***Most Higher Education Libraries are still closed. As restrictions ease, please check access and availability with individual libraries before travelling***

  • A free wireless service which enables you to access Wi-Fi and Middlesex's E Resources at participating Higher Education Institutions world wide.
  • Your Middlesex University IT Username and Password are required to log on to this service. 
  • Please refer to our Wireless Access guide.
  • You may also find the Eduroam configuration assistant useful.
  • If you have any problems or questions about logging into the Wi-Fi please direct them to UniHelp.

Improve your skills as you travel: Linkedin learning app

Middlesex pays for you to have free access to Linkedin Learning.

You can download the Linkedin Learning app to your phone for courses on the go or check your app store and download it. For more information on Linkedin Learning see the Linkedin Learning Libguide.

Many courses can be listened to as audio only as well as video.

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How to apply for SCONUL Access

Save on travel: University Libraries in London you can use

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University Libraries in London you can use to study via Sconul Access include:

  • Arts London (Camberwell, Chelsea, Elephant and Castle, Kings Cross, Wimbledon)
  • Bedfordshire (Luton)
  • Birkbeck University of London (Bloomsbury)
  • Brunel (Uxbridge)
  • City (Northampton Square, Bunhill Row)
  • East London (Stratford, Docklands)
  • Goldsmiths (New Cross)
  • Greenwich
  • Hertfordshire (Hatfield)
  • Kingston
  • London Metropolitan (Holloway)
  • London School of Economics (Aldwych)
  • Queen Mary (Mile End)
  • Roehampton
  • St Mary's (Twickenham)
  • South Bank (Elephant and Castle)
  • West London (Ealing)
  • Westminster (Marylebone and Harrow on the Hill)

For most students this is reference and study access, but you may also be able to borrow books. 

Read books as you travel: Kortext

You can download the Kortext app and read your Kortexts on the move.  Get the app from your app store and use your MdxUni email and your Kortext password to set it up.