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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. Public libraries also offer study space. You can also listen to Linkedin Learning courses and Kortext books whilst travelling. 

Using other libraries

SCONUL access 

  • Physical access to other academic libraries.
  • Borrowing for part-time, distance and placement students on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.  
  • Open to all Middlesex University students and students studying joint/franchised programmes at partner institutions. It is not open to students studying at validated only partners.
  • To apply, go to the SCONUL Access web site, see the video on this page.  You will receive an email confirming your membership.  Take this with your Middlesex University ID card to the libraries you wish to use.
  • A list of libraries, their library catalogues and visiting procedures are available from the website. 
  • If you are a registered distance learning student and did not receive an ID card at enrolment, please create a UniHelp ticket to request one. Remember to state that you are a distance learner and wish to request an ID card. You should also attach a passport style photo of yourself. The card will be posted to you, so please include your preferred postal address in the UniHelp 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

  • If you have been unable to find the material you require elsewhere, you may be able to consult it there. 
  • If you need a journal article, our inter library loans (document supply) service will be simpler. This is free of charge. 


  • Free wi-fi access to Middlesex's eresources at participating Higher Education Institutions world wide.
  • 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 please ask UniHelp.

How to apply for SCONUL Access

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.

Linkedin Learning Logo

Read books as you travel: Kortext

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



Save on travel: University Libraries in London you can use

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 University (Holloway, Aldgate)
  • Queen Mary (Mile End)
  • Roehampton (Barnes)
  • Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (Swiss Cottage)
  • St Mary's (Twickenham)
  • SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, U of London)
  • 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. 

Public libraries

Anyone can use their local public library. Membership is free.

You can find your nearest public library using the Map on the MDX app:   Open the map and scroll to the right to find Around Me and a list of local libraries and other places will appear. 

Mdx Map app showing around me list of local libraries

Links to local borough libraries near Hendon: