Discover@Bolton can search open access resources. Check the option that you will see at the top of your results list, Check this box to search open access resources beyond your library's collection. This option is also available in Advanced Search.
The terms and conditions of most electronic resources are such that only members of that institution are able to use the resources. Some resources allow external users to access resources on a "walk in" basis whereby you may be able to access the resource from a dedicated PC within that library. In these instances, you would need to contact the library where this resource can be accessed and make arrangements with that library.
The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service can obtain material not held by the University of Bolton Library. This includes journal articles and books, and can also include conference papers and patents.
To make an ILL request, follow these steps:
For help with completing a request, have a look at the quick start guide to Inter-Library Loans or contact the ILL Team.
Undergraduate students may request ten ILL requests in each academic year. There are different limits for postgraduate students and staff.
Journal articles will be sent to you either
You can keep any photocopied articles sent to you. These usually take about 1 week to arrive.
Delivery by email is much faster (usually two or three days) using the Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) service.
SED provides access to a requested article for 14 days via a link which is emailed to you. Once you have accessed the article, you will need to print it immediately as it cannot be saved or opened again due to copyright restrictions. To make use of SED, follow these steps:
Books may take longer to arrive. You can usually borrow them for 5 weeks. You will be notified when items have arrived and are ready to be collected from the Library. We will also notify you of any problems or delays.
Requests for UK theses are now dealt with using the Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS). British Library no longer supplies microfilm copies of theses.
EThOS offers free full text access to UK doctoral theses stored electronically by British Library, and also has an online ordering service on the EThOS website for those which are not yet available in digital format.
The webpage for the EThOS service is http://ethos.bl.uk
The University of Bolton Library is a member of the national SCONUL Access scheme which allows part-time, distance or placement students (on a placement of ten weeks or more), full-time taught postgraduate students, permanent members of staff and postgraduate research students the opportunity to register with and borrow from other university libraries. Full-time undergraduates are entitled to reference only access under this scheme.
Most university and some specialist libraries participate in the scheme, but please be aware that some libraries will only permit access to certain types of users. Check the SCONUL Access web site to ascertain whether you are able to use the facilities of another institution.
There may be restrictions in place for SCONUL access users, especially those in Band R, at other university libraries during examination periods, because of pressure for study space, or during vacations, when building work may be taking place - always check the website of the library you wish to visit.
Unfortunately the University of Bolton cannot offer access to electronic resources to external users and therefore our users will not be given access to electronic resources at other SCONUL libraries.
Apply online via the SCONUL Access web site where you can find further details of the scheme.
You do NOT have to submit an online application for each library you wish to use.
You will receive an acknowledgment of your application from SCONUL Access and your application will be reviewed by library staff at the University of Bolton. As long as there are no problems with your library account, you should receive an acceptance email within three working days. This acceptance email is valid for any library you are entitled to use. A print out of your acceptance email and your University of Bolton ID card should be presented when you apply to another library.
Please be aware of the following:
Students following taught courses at institutional members of SCONUL will normally be granted reference use of other SCONUL HE libraries free of charge during the summer vacations of the host institution.
For more information please visit the Sconul Summer Vacation Access webpage.
NoWAL (North West Academic Libraries) is a consortium of 14 academic libraries in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. NoWAL facilitates an access scheme, further details of which are available here. The members of NoWAL are as follows:
You can join the public library in the borough where you are living; just ask at your local library. Some libraries participate in a universal access scheme whereby your library card can be used to borrow from other public libraries. Please enquire about this scheme at your local public library.
For queries concerning the ILL service, send a message to the ILL Team or give them a ring on 01204 903094.
A number of services are available which can help you establish the whereabouts of additional material, or that might help you get hold of open access material: