Library membership

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Membership update

The library is only open to members at present. You'll need to book a ticket in order to enter the building and visit the library. We do not have the capacity for day visitors and non-members at present, but we are keeping our entry conditions under review.

If you need to access our collections, you can sign up for temporary library membership. Please wait for your temporary membership to be confirmed before you book an entry ticket to visit, as this can take up to 72 hours.

Contact us to find out about temporary membership:
phone: +44 (0)20 7611 8722

Do I need library membership?

You only have to join the library if you need to order materials from the library stores or use our online subscription collections. Under current restrictions, new memberships will expire on 31 March 2022. 

Membership is free and available to anyone over the age of 18 who needs to use our collections. It allows you to:

  • order items from the library’s closed stores 
  • enter the Rare Materials Room to use items that you've requested from the stores 
  • log in to the library’s computer network to access subscription collections [currently unavailable]
  • use the library scanners and printers for research purposes [currently unavailable]
  • book a study room. [for accessibility requirements only]

If you are under 18 years of age and studying for an Extended Project Qualification alongside your A-levels, you can apply for a short-term membership of two months.

Remember to contact us first if you're planning to visit the library so that we can advise you on membership during current restrictions.

How to get temporary membership 

To get temporary library membership during the current restrictions you need to:

  • pre-register online
  • contact us to complete the registration process
  • email us two digital forms of ID from the lists below
  • your temporary membership will be valid until 31 March 2022.

If you have any access questions related to getting temporary membership, you can speak to us by phone, email or in person in the library.

Personal ID and proof of address

In order to become a member of the library you will need to show a form of personal identification (ID) and proof of address on your first visit. We accept any combination of the following:

Personal identification (ID)

  • UK or international driving licence with your photograph and/or signature
  • International identity card with your photograph and your residential address
  • Full passport
  • UK credit card or debit card with your signature
  • Official photo identity card from a recognised place of work or study

Proof of address

  • UK or international driving licence with your photograph and/or signature and your residential address
  • International identity card with your photograph and your residential address
  • Council tax statement or payment book (paper or digital)
  • Recent utility bill - gas, electricity, water or telephone (paper or digital)
  • Recent bank or credit card statement (paper or digital)

Get in touch

Library enquiries+44 (0)20 7611 8722