Researchers at City, University of London can benefit from a wide range of library collections held by other institutions and universities. This webpage sets out some of the main libraries available to you.
If the library you want to visit is not listed below, please contact a Research Librarian and we will check their access rules.
The SCONUL Access Scheme allows City staff and students to visit a large number of other university libraries.
As a research student or member of staff, the SCONUL libraries will for the most part allow you to borrow books. However remember to check the library you wish to visit before making your trip, as there may be restrictions on what you can borrow. There may also be some collections you are not able to borrow from.
Some libraries may allow Masters students to borrow some materials, but please check before making your trip as this is not the case for all libraries.
In order to see the list of universities which are members of the SCONUL scheme, and to apply for SCONUL access, you need to complete an online SCONUL application form.
Our Accessing University of London Libraries Library Guide sets out details of library provision for City staff and students. Use this to find out access arrangements for institutions such as Senate House Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Royal Academy of Music.
The British Library is the UK's national library. Anyone can visit, but to use the Reading Rooms at St Pancras you will need to register for a Reader Pass. The British Library receives a copy of each book published in the UK, so will have books which may not be stocked by other libraries. You can search the British Library catalogue or search via COPAC.
You can pre-register for your Reader Pass online here. Once registered you will be able to log in and reserve items for your first visit.
On your first visit, you need to bring with you proof of your identity and address.
You may find the Aim25 website useful for checking Archive collections. Examples of archives include:
London is home to hundreds of specialist research libraries and archives; this page lists only a few. If you would like to find out about specialist libraries in your subject area, please contact your Subject Librarian.