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Using other libraries

Birkbeck students and staff can use many other libraries, both in London and throughout the UK. We are members of various access schemes, some of which are detailed below. The links in the left-hand menu provide more information about individual libraries.

Please note:

  • You should always look at the websites of individual libraries before visiting to check opening hours and arrangements for visitors.
  • You will need to show your Birkbeck ID card when visiting other libraries.
  • Birkbeck ID cards do not usually show an expiry date, so you may need additional documentation showing your end of course or end of contract date.
  • Always check joining instructions before you visit in case you need to take additional items such as photographs or proof of address.
  • You are strongly advised to join the SCONUL Access Scheme before visiting other libraries. More details are below.

SCONUL Access Scheme

  • Sconul logo

  • Birkbeck part-time students, full-time taught postgraduates, research students and staff may borrow from other libraries in the SCONUL Access scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.
  • Certificate of Higher Education students enrolled on a course equal to or greater than 60 CATS points are also eligible to join this scheme.
  • Apply online. A guide on how to apply is available here.
  • Visiting members, including Be Birkbeck and Third Party Users, are not eligible to join this scheme via Birkbeck.

University of London Access Agreement

  • Birkbeck students can have reference access to other University of London libraries; research students and academic staff can borrow from some institutions.
  • Always check the websites of individual libraries for access arrangements before visiting, as some libraries may be closed to visitors at busy times of the year.
  • Other libraries may ask you to bring some form of documentation or ID as well as your student card, so always check before you visit.
  • Students may need to take a Certificate of Enrolment showing their course details. Ask at the Student Advice Centre or print from your My Birkbeck profile.
  • Check the University of London website for a list of colleges and institutes.
  • University of London Access Agreement

University of East London, 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 can join public libraries in the areas where you live, work and study. As a Birkbeck student or member of staff you can join Camden and Westminster public libraries. You may need to provide some form of identification and/or proof of address when you join.