Off-campus students

Part-time, distance learning, placement and our students based overseas

You can access plenty of our resources and services from off-campus.

Some services may be restricted to UK-based, registered Salford students in order to comply with certain licensing restrictions. If you are studying on a University of Salford programme based at one of our partner colleges, see our information for Partner students.

Enquiry Desk: Get help and ask questions about your library account.
Telephone: +44 (0)161 295 5535 or see the ‘Ask a Librarian’ chat service on Library web pages.

Academic Support Librarians: contact the person who specialises in your subject area if you need help with finding information, referencing, Turnitin or online resources.

Digital IT for IT help with passwords, email, Blackboard and more.
Log a problem online
Telephone: +44 (0)161 295 2444 (Mon-Fri 08:00 - 17:00 GMT)

All IT services can be accessed via links within the Student Channel

Student Email - Your University email account can be accessed via the link at the top of the Student Channel page.

Blackboard - Blackboard is the University of Salford’s virtual learning environment (VLE). Within it you will find resources for your programmes and modules, including lecture notes and assignment details. Blackboard is accessed online, via the Student Channel.

Collaborate - Collaborate is a web conferencing tool where staff and students can interact in an online environment in real time. You can chat to each other using a headset and even see each other if you have a webcam. Your lectures and tutorials may take place in a virtual classroom in collaborate and sessions can be recorded by the tutor for later viewing. Collaborate is accessed via Blackboard

Access your filestore - Your filestore (F: drive) is a space allocated to you on the University’s central server. You can use it to save work securely; it also contains your password.txt file, which contains password information for accessing your email account. You can access your personal filestore from any computer with internet access, 24 hours a day.

Reading Lists at Salford - the University's online reading list system. Search or browse to locate reading lists attached to the modules you are studying.

Library Search - Access electronic books, online journals and databases. Many of these may be searched through a single interface.

Exam papers - View past exam papers online. You will need to sign in with your network username and password.

USIR - The University of Salford Institutional Repository provides access to research carried out at the University of Salford, including theses.

Please contact your Academic Support Librarian if you need assistance with your academic work such as searching for items and referencing, get in touch with your Academic Support Librarian

Turnitin - Turnitin is the University's online assignment submission system. It is accessed via Blackboard. Where appropriate, you will be asked to submit work to Turnitin for marking.

Off-campus students are entitled to the same borrowing rights as on-campus students. You can borrow material from the library while you are on placement.

We are unable to offer a postal loan service.


SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals from participating university libraries in close proximity to where you live or work. Further information is available from the SCONUL Access website.

  • Part-time, distance learning and placement students may borrow material from other college or university libraries
  • Full-time postgraduates may borrow material from other college or university libraries
  • Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification may borrow material from other college or university libraries
  • Full-time University of Salford undergraduate students may use resources of other college and university libraries for reference only

To register for SCONUL Access:

  • From the SCONUL Access web pages, specify which type of user you are and your home institution (University of Salford).
  • Identify the institution you wish to use (tip: select ‘see results as a list’ to view all 162 participating universities and colleges).
  • Complete the online application form.

You will need to complete an application for each institution you wish to use.

Once you have filled in the online application form, and your application is approved, we'll send you an confirmation email introducing you to your chosen host library/ libraries. This introcutory email is only valid for a short period to ensure users are still eligible. If you don’t use the introductory email within this period, you will need to apply again.

You need to take a copy of the introductory email with you when you visit your chosen library, along with your University of Salford ID card. This will allow other libraries to identify you.

You should check the website of the library you want to visit for their opening hours and other specific conditions. For example, your first visit may need to be during office hours or you may need to supply a passport sized photograph.

The host library should issue you with a library card, which will allow you to use facilities until your SCONUL Access membership expires. The membership can be valid for up to three years or until your course or contract ends if earlier.

Students studying Distance Learning programmes can request scanned copies of journal articles or book chapters that are in the printed Library stock.

Complete the online form.

There is no charge for this service.