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Accessing other Libraries

Information for UCL Staff and Students who wish to use other libraries

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All users are advised to check local conditions of entry with the library they wish to visit before setting out.

Special Arrangements

UCL has made special access arrangements for its staff and students with certain universities. Please check if the library you wish to visit is included in these:

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Access to other University libraries in the London Area

Details of access for UCL staff and students to university libraries in the London area, but not included in the special arrangements group, can be found at the Search25 website or through checking the home pages of the site you wish to visit. The University of London's academic institutions web pages contains a list of these.

Access to other libraries in the London Area

Please click here for links to the catalogues of the libraries included here »

National Art Library

UCL staff and students are able to use the National Art Library at the V&A Museum as members of the public. To qualify for a Reader's ticket, please take a proof of home address plus either passport, National Identity card, photo driving licence, Student identity card, British Library card, Bank or credit card or Official identification card from recognised place of work (provided it includes a photograph or signature). For further information, see the National Art Library Home page.

Natural History Museum Library

UCL staff and students with a genuine academic need can apply to the Natural History Museum Library for membership and applications are decided on a case by case basis. People wishing to use the library are asked to contact the Natural History Museum Library directly in advance of their visit. For further information, see the Natural History Museum Library Home page.

Public libraries

See the UK public libraries website which gives details of your local public library and how to join it. A section specifically dealing with London is available on this page. Alternatively, you can search City of London's public library catalogues by visiting: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk libraries site.

National Archives

See the National Archives web site which gives helpful hints on how to plan a visit, how to obtain a reading card and access to their catalogue.

Science Museum Library

UCL students and staff can have a free reference user ticket from the Science Museum Library as members of the public. Some proof of identity is required, eg. Passport or Driver's license. For further information, see the Science Museum Library Home page.

Wellcome Library

UCL students and staff can have a free reference user ticket from the Wellcome Library as members of the public. Some proof of identity is required, eg. Passport or Driver's license plus a proof of home address. For further information, please click here for a link to the Wellcome Library Home page.

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Access to other libraries within the UK

Please click here for links to the catalogues of the libraries beyond London »

UCL Staff and students may be eligible to apply for membership of libraries outside London as part of the SCONUL Access Band A scheme or the Sconul Vacation Access scheme.

SCONUL Access Band A Access Scheme

The SCONUL Access Band A scheme is available to UCL staff and Ph.D. / Mphil students. Such people wishing to use the scheme should visit their local UCL library to complete a registration form and to pick up their SCONUL Access Band A card. The SCONUL Access Band A card and the UCL ID card are then taken to the institution you wish to visit to gain preferential access there. Please consult the homepage of the library you wish to visit to check any local special conditions before departure. Further information can be found on the Sconul home page. Please note that the SCONUL Access Band A scheme does not apply to Undergraduate or Taught Postgraduate level students.

Sconul Vacation Access Scheme

The Sconul vacation access scheme is available to all UCL Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates. It allows for reference only access to participating institutions during their vacation periods. To qualify for such access, UCL students need to take full, valid UCL ID to the institution they wish to visit during the institution's vacation period. Please check the homepage of the library you wish to visit to check any local special conditions before departure. Further information can be found on the Sconul web page: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/page/vacation-access-to-other-higher-education-libraries.

Please note that UCL is not part of the SCONUL Access Band 'B' or Band 'C' Schemes.

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