RHS Libraries SCONUL access

The RHS Libraries are members of the SCONUL access scheme

The SCONUL access scheme allows RHS staff, MHorts and Students studying with the RHS School of Horticulture at the RHS gardens to visit over 150 libraries across the UK and Ireland for reference use and study space and for students at other participating institutions to visit the RHS Libraries. Email [email protected] if you would like to make use of the scheme so that the library team can advise you on how to register.

Members of the SCONUL scheme are welcome to use our collections for reference. Apply for the SCONUL access scheme and confirm that you wish to visit the Royal Horticultural Society. Please email [email protected] to enquire about making an appointment to visit. An appointment is essential to ensure entry and to enable relevant material to be made available for your research.

More information

Registration instructions
RHS staff, MHorts and Students studying with the RHS School of Horticulture at the RHS gardens who wish to join the SCONUL access scheme should:
  1. For Step #1, select Academic or support staff or Distance learning student
  2. For Step #2, select Royal Horticultural Society
  3. Click Find
  4. Select the institution you wish to visit
  5. Click Apply for access
  6. Complete the form with your details
  7. For Library or ID Card number, enter your L number
  8. Click Submit
A notification email will be sent to you confirming your application. Your application will be reviewed by Library staff and you will receive a further notification in due course.
Getting prepared
Email [email protected] in advance of your intended visit to make an appointment.

On the day of your appointment:
  • Bring a copy of your SCONUL membership approval email 
  • Abide by any Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of your visit
  • Make yourself known to a member of library staff at the reception desk when you enter the library.
Opening hours
Opening hours vary for each RHS library so please look at the individual pages Lindley Library, Wisley and Harlow Carr for further details.

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.