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The University of Bolton Library

About Us

Our Networks

The University of Bolton Library is active in a range of national and local networks. 


The Library is a member of SCONUL (The Society of College, National and University Libraries). 

SCONUL promotes awareness of the role of academic libraries in supporting research excellence and student achievement and employability, and represents their views and interests to government, regulators and other stakeholders. It helps member libraries collaborate to deliver services efficiently, including through shared services, and to share knowledge and best practice.

As part of our membership, we are a part of the SCONUL Access scheme. For more information about SCONUL Access, see Using Other Libraries or our Visitors guide.

We both contribute to, and benefit from, SCONUL's programme of staff development events. 

Academic Libraries North

Academic Libraries North is a consortium of 33 higher education libraries in the north of England and a subgroup of SCONUL. ALN was formed in 2021 by the merger of NoWAL and The Northern Collaboration. A list of member institutions can be found here.

Library Manager Trevor Hodgson sits on the Board of Academic Libraries North. We are also active in a number of ALN Special Interest Groups and Communities of Practice.

Bolton Health Information Partnership

BHIP is a consortium of library and information services, including:

  • Bolton Library and Museum Services
  • Macmillan Cancer Information Services
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Library Services
  • The University of Bolton Library
  • Bolton CVS (Council for Voluntary Services)
  • Bolton College
  • Bolton Public Health

The consortium provides ways in which to work collaboratively in local health information provision. It provides opportunities to share good practice, deliver training, co-ordinate reading challenges and share resources.

The work of BHIP was featured in the October/November 2019 edition of CILIP’s Information Professional magazine

Academic Librarian Sinead English represents the University of Bolton Library in BHIP. 

We work with a range of other internal and external stakeholders, including members of the University of Bolton Group, Bolton Libraries and Museums and Bolton U3A.

We also support the work of organisations such as the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles and the Lancashire Authors Association through our Special Collections

Interested in working in partnership with the University of Bolton Library? Please contact us