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External (non-UCL) users

Qualifying UCL alumni and visitors can use UCL libraries, but must complete an online registration form before visiting.

Before your arrival

All applicants must complete an online registration form and have received an email confirming their library membership before arriving at the library to collect a library card.

Please ensure that you meet the criteria outlined in Specific Information for External Users, below, before applying.

Please allow two working days for your application to be processed and for you to be contacted to confirm that your card is ready to collect.

Please note, we no longer process walk-in new applications or renewals at our membership desks.

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Specific information for external users

NHS staff and students

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Members of staff and students on placement at affiliated NHS Trusts with whom we hold a Service Level Agreement are entitled to join as a library member and take advantage of our extensive range of resources and facilities. 

UCL alumni

Ex-students of UCL are entitled to re-join the library. Reference access is free of charge; a borrowing membership costs £50 per year. 

Borrowing membership does not allow access to UCL electronic resources from outside the library.

A reference ticket allows browsing of our physical collections and use of our Explore Access points to access UCL electronic resources on-site, only. 

Please note: Former UCL students wishing to apply for Alumni membership need to ensure that the library account they used when a student is clear before their application is processed.

To apply

To apply for membership, applicants must complete the online registration form and attach:

  1. A passport style photo (colour, facing camera).
  2. A photo/scan of proof of home address (for instance, a valid driving license or recent utility bill).
  3. One of the following:
    1. A photo/scan of expired UCL student ID card.
    2. A photo/scan of UCL Alumni Benefits card.
    3. A photo/scan of UCL degree certificate.
    4. A photo/scan of official UCL degree results transcript.
Members of University of London colleges
Members of other UK and Irish universities

Information on access to our libraries for staff and students of British universities not part of the University of London.

Students and staff from overseas universities

Visiting academic staff and research (doctoral) postgraduates from overseas universities can apply for free reference access to the library for up to a year by completing an online application in advance of visiting the library.

Other students from overseas universities must pay to use the library.

Current charges are:

  • £7.00 for one day.
  • £20.00 for a week.
  • £30.00 for a month.
  • £120.00 for six months.
  • £200.00 for a year.

Members of overseas universities are not permitted to borrow books.

Please note: when applying for membership, please allow at least two working days for your application to be processed before you intend to visit the library. 

The start date for short term paid memberships (one month and less) will be set when the card is collected.

To apply

To apply for membership, applicants must complete the online registration form and attach:

  1. A passport style photo (colour, facing camera).
  2. A photo/scan of your home institution ID card with level of study / status in English.

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M25 employees and research postgraduates

Members of staff and research postgraduates from the following M25 Institutions can borrow up to 5 books:

  • British Library.
  • British Museum.
  • Horniman Museum.
  • Imperial War Museum.
  • Lambeth Palace Library.
  • The National Archive Library.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Science Museum.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • The Wiener Holocaust Library.

To apply

To apply for membership, academic staff and research level postgraduate applicants must complete the online registration form and attach:

  1. A passport style photo (colour, facing camera).
  2. A photo/scan of your home institution ID card showing your level of study / status.
  3. A photo/scan of proof of home address (for instance, a valid driving license or recent utility bill).

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Learned Society members

UCL-affiliated Learned Societies

The following Societies have deposited their collections at UCL and their members are entitled to join the Library and borrow books.

Members of the following Societies are entitled to reference access, but are unable to borrow books:

However, Royal Statistical Society members have the option of paying a £50 annual fee for borrowing membership.

The following Societies can apply for access to a specific UCL Library. Application enquiries should be made directly to the particular library in each case.

Finding societies' collections

Further information is available on where in the library the Societies' collections are kept.

To apply

To apply for membership, academic staff and research level postgraduate applicants must complete the online registration form and attach:

  1. A passport style photo (colour, facing camera).
  2. A photo/scan of learned society membership card, or copy of correspondence confirming current membership.
  3. A photo/scan of proof of home address (for instance, a valid driving license or recent utility bill).

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All other users

Information for:

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