Supporting our members

SCONUL advocates effectively for our diverse membership, speaking with a single voice on the strategic issues facing the sector and arguing for the value and needs of libraries with government, regulators, service providers and many others. We only exist with the energy and valuable time from our members and we need you to help us continue to drive forward.

We provide support and leadership for the sector, bringing members together with external and international thinkers to support active consideration of service and wider sector developments. We share intelligence through events, case studies and briefing papers driven by our Board and strategy groups.

Our strategy groups and community of interest groups are available to staff at member institutions to join and are a great way of helping to shape the future of the sector and widening your networks.

We offer colleagues a range of services and resources to help you progress in your career, engage with the wider library community and understand the library landscape more fully. We help our members stay fully briefed on the latest developments, for example on AI.



SCONUL response to Jisc's Critical Review on Transitional Ag...


Lisa McLaren

Jisc released their Critical Review of Transitional Agreements in March 2024, with a webinar chaired by Ann Rossiter, Executive Director, SCONUL, to outline their key findings.

Delivering the SCONUL Strategy


SitMui Ng

We’re happy to share an update with SCONUL members on progress in delivering the SCONUL Strategy.  This briefing provides details on projects being undertaken by the Strategy Groups. These cover a huge range of areas of interest to members from building an organisational development knowledge base for libraries to engaging with library providers on their AI roadmaps.

SCONUL seeking assessment panel for the Library Design Award...


Jenelle Negraeff

SCONUL is seeking expressions of interest from colleagues who would be like to be part of the assessment panel for the Library Design Awards. There are up to eight places available on the panel and we are seeking library directors or deputies who have an interest in, and experience of, effective academic library design.

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Small and Specialist Institutions’ Forum



We will receive a briefing on learning from the SCONUL Technology Survey and discussing the adoption and support of library technologies for small and specialist institutions. Members are also invited to suggest topics or issues to cover.

Small and Specialist Institutions’ Forum



We will be discussing initiatives across the library community on climate change and sustainability and sharing information on evaluating and reporting on their own emissions. We will also hear an update on plans for the further development of the SCONUL Access Scheme. Members are also invited to suggest topics or issues to cover.

Plan M, from principles to practice, and shaping the future


15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BW

Believe it or not Plan M has been around for half a decade, and it feels like a good time to check in and see what the current “state of the nation” is. And to ask if we still have the same expected destination and imperative. Join leaders and practitioners at a day devoted to the current and future approaches to open metadata, linking to wider services, and challenging ourselves on the benefits or other opportunities emerging into this space.

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