Colleges–University of Leicester Network (CULN)
Comprising 20 Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges, and two Higher Education Institutions across the East and West Midlands, the Colleges-University of Leicester Network (CULN) exists to optimise collaboration between Further and Higher Education Institutions for the benefit of staff and learners.
What does CULN do?
Fosters a cooperative relationship between its members, promoting greater collaboration, particularly in terms of widening access to higher education.
Provides a network for sharing information about lifelong learning and other opportunities, enabling staff to work together in their respective fields.
Creates further links with businesses and local communities, in order to promote fair access and progression to HE and FE, and assists in developing a regional lifelong learning network.
This partnership means that students are able to use other libraries for study purposes.
If you are interested in using another Further Education or University Library, perhaps because you live locally, please come and ask at the library desk. We will be able to arrange a letter of introduction for you.
Our main local partner Universities include:
- Loughborough University – Pilkington Access for Loughborough College Students
As with all other external users, College students can browse the books/journals on the Pilkington University Library shelves for reference purposes free of charge and use the desks to study.
The Library has a barrier access control, so all external visitors (including those from Loughborough College) will need to sign in at the Reception Desk in the entrance to the Library to gain access to the building. Visitors will need official photo ID (e.g. passport, drivers licence or student ID card) to gain access. The Library reserves the right to limit access to external users during peak exam times.
Students under the age of 18 will not be allowed to access the Library without being accompanied by an adult.
Only students on specific courses are given borrowing right by arrangement with their tutor. Please speak to your tutor about this.
If you want to borrow books, you will need to pay to become an External User. This will allow you to borrow 4 items (with no High Demand). At the moment, this costs £50 per year (July 2015). You can only apply for an External User card if you are over 18. If you wish to apply for an External User card, visit the reception desk of the University Library.
IT Access/Printing & Copying
As with any external user, College students can apply for a daily walk-in password. These are limited in number and the Library reserves the right to withdraw this service during peak times. The walk-in passwords allow the user to log into one of the networked PCs in the Library so that the user can make use of the internet, MS Office programmes and a selection of our e-resources (where the licence allows). Applicants need to bring some form of photo ID, sign to say they will abide by the University’s acceptable use policy and be over 18 to be issued with one of these daily passwords.
College students will not be able to make use of the University’s wireless network.
The daily password also allows the user to log onto one of the Library’s MFDs to print/copy. The usual £5 minimum payment is not levied on external users so if they only wanted to pay to copy a couple of pages, that would be ok.
Access is currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- De Montfort University Library – Access for Loughborough College Students
De Montfort University will allow Loughborough College Students to use the Library for reference purposes. If you are over 18, you can just join our library as a member of the public and get anytime reference access. This costs £10 and will give you 12 months’ reference access to the Kimberlin Library. Over 18s can continue using the library over the summer.
If you are under 18, you need to ask the Library Manager to send a letter of commendation, and can apply for an evening / weekend access card, which costs £5. The evening / weekend cards are valid for the current academic year, and give access only during term time.
Access is currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions
- Trent University Library – Access for Loughborough College Students
Trent University library will welcome students who wish to use their books and materials on a reference only basis, and make use of study facilities, in line with their Visitor Access Policy and Visitor Code of Behaviour.
Casual visits are limited to three days during an academic year.
Visitors are required to provide photographic identification and proof of address in order to enter the libraries.
If you would like to borrow material from our print collections you will need to join the library as an Associate Member.
The cost of Associate Membership is £50 per year, please contact them for further details, or speak to the Librarian at Loughborough College.
You will need acceptable forms of photographic identification which include:
– Driving Licence
– Work ID
– Bus Pass
Access for visitors is available during library staffed hours only. Access is currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Link to Trent University Library
- University of Leicester Library – Access for Loughborough College Students
Access to University of Leicester Library for participants of the Colleges-University of Leicester Network (CULN) is currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.Link to University of Leicester Library
Link to Information about external access to University of Leicester Library
- Derby University Library – Access for Loughborough College Students
Derby University allows full access for HE Students who are on programmes of study at Loughborough College which are validated by the university. Currently this includes:
Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Services
Foundation Degree in Creative Music ProductionLink to Derby University Library
- Lincoln University Library – Access for Loughborough College Students
Lincoln University allows full access for HE Students who are on programmes of study at Loughborough College which are validated by the university. Currently this includes:BA Honours Degree in Professional Practice and Leadership and Management (CMDA) Link to Lincoln University Library