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Using other libraries

As a Birkbeck student or member of staff you are entitled to use many other libraries, both in London and throughout the UK. We are members of various access schemes listed below. See the links on the left for details of individual libraries, including ones that specialise in particular subjects.

SCONUL Access Scheme

Birkbeck part-time students, full-time taught postgraduates, research students and staff may borrow from the libraries of over 180 UK higher education institutions via this scheme. Apply online at A detailed guide to how to apply is available here. Certificate of Higher Education students enrolled on a CHE course that is equal to or greater than 60 CATS points are eligible to join this scheme.

Affiliate members, including Be Birkbeck and Third Party Users, are not eligible to join this scheme via Birkbeck.

University of London Access Agreement

Taught-course students can access many other University of London libraries for reference only, these students will need to take a certificate of enrolment (which can be obtained from 'My Birkbeck' student centre) confirming theirĀ  name, course, address and student status for the current academic year - research students and academic staff can borrow from some institutions. Please check the web sites of the individual libraries for access arrangements before you visit. University of London Access Agreement

University of East London Library Stratford campus

Birkbeck students enrolled on courses based in Stratford at the University Square Stratford building may use the Birkbeck Collection held in the UEL Library Stratford and IT facilities and services in the University Square Stratford building. Other Birkbeck students and staff can use UEL Library via the SCONUL Access Scheme

Public Libraries

You are entitled to join public libraries in the areas where you live, work and study. As a Birkbeck student you are entitled to join Camden and Westminster public libraries. You may need to provide documentation such as some form of identification and/or proof of address when you join.

Other libraries

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