All RWCMD staff and students are automatically members of the
Library – see details of what you can
borrow and information about our resources for different subject areas. Your
College ID card is your Library card. Please get in touch if you need any help accessing your
We have reciprocal borrowing agreements with several other local
libraries, see below for details of this and membership options if
you are not a member of the College:
Reciprocal agreements with other libraries
We have reciprocal borrowing agreements with Cardiff University,
Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales
(USW). Further information for RWCMD students about reciprocal
borrowing is available at the Library. RWCMD staff and
postgraduates should see the information below about
Undergraduates from the institutions above are welcome to join
the Library at RWCMD to borrow up to two items (1
week or 3 week loans, with some exclusions) at once *. We need
to see your university ID (which will become your RWCMD Library
card too) and will give you an application form to complete. We
recommend that you visit for the first time between 9:00 and 17:00,
Monday-Friday, when more staff will be available to help you.
Please see our contact details and
location and let us know if you are making a special trip or
have any questions. Membership is for one academic year at a time
and will terminate on May 31st.
* Please note: undergraduates from USW are
automatically entitled to membership. Undergraduates from Cardiff
University or Cardiff Met will need a letter of introduction from
their own library.
RWCMD is a member of SCONUL Access. This is
a co-operative scheme between many higher education libraries in
the UK and Ireland. It enables staff and students from one
institution’s library to borrow material from others. Undergraduate
students cannot always borrow but may have access for reference
purposes at these libraries. An online application must be
completed and this will be checked and approved by your own
institution’s library (who will confirm that you are in ‘good
standing’ with them). For further details: ask at your library or
go to the SCONUL
Access website to register.
RWCMD staff and postgraduates should register on the SCONUL Access website.
Your application will be received by the Library team, who will
check that you have no outstanding charges or items before
approving it. We aim to do this within two working days. Please
get in touch if you have any questions
or concerns. We advise you to contact any library you are intending
to visit in advance to check the process for registering.
We welcome staff, researchers, taught postgraduates and distance
learners from participating higher education institutions to join
the Library at RWCMD and borrow 5 items (1
week or 3 week loans, with some exclusions) under the SCONUL
Access scheme. Please bring a copy of your SCONUL Access and email
and be aware that at busy times we may not be able to set up your
account immediately. We recommend that you visit for the first time
between 9:00 and 17:00, Monday-Friday, when more staff will be
available to help you. Please see our contact details and location and let us know if
you have any questions.
Undergraduates from other institutions not covered by our
reciprocal agreements can use us as general visitors.
Junior Conservatoire and Young Actors Studio
Members of staff should have a Library account automatically.
Students in Year 7 and above can request Library access via Junior
Conservatoire / YAS. Please see our guide to Library
services for Junior students and staff for full details of the
membership scheme and advice on requesting and returning items.
We welcome researchers and interested visitors who may use us
for reference only. It is advisable to contact us before you intend to visit.
Members of the public may be eligible to join the Library as
external members on payment of an annual fee of £50 and at the
discretion of the Head of Library Services. This will allow a
borrowing entitlement of up to 5 items at a time, excluding short
loans. Requests should be made in writing (by email or letter) in
advance of your visit. Please do get in
Individuals or groups wanting to borrow sets of plays should see
our pages about the Drama Association of
Wales (DAW) collection at RWCMD.