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Libraries in the Bloomsbury area

There are many excellent libraries within easy reach of Birkbeck. The following is a list of the ones most useful to Birkbeck students. Click each entry for links to library catalogues, websites, and information on joining.


    British Library

    Institute of Education (IoE) UCL

    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

      London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

      School of Advanced Study (SAS)

      • Catalogues | School website
      • The SAS comprises the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Institute of Classical Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Institute of Germanic Studies, Institute of Historical Research, Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Warburg Institute. Each institute may have different arrangements for visitors, so please check before you visit.

      School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

      • Catalogue | Library website | Information on joining
      • You are advised to join the SCONUL Access Scheme before visiting SOAS Library. If you are not eligible to join this scheme you will need to complete a Confirmation of Status form. This must be stamped by a member of Birkbeck Library staff.
      • Please note that there will be restricted access to SOAS Library to facilitate the student registration process from Monday 25th September to Saturday 7th October 2017 (inclusive).

        1. Only existing cardholders will be allowed to enter the Library
        2. We will neither be renewing old nor creating new membership cards; including: 
        • University of London staff and students
        • SCONUL Access
        • All other external users 

        The Archives and Special Collection Reading Room will be closed from 25th September reopening Monday 2nd October.

        Normal membership services will resume on Monday 9th October 2017. However, there will be a limited enquiry service by email and telephone.

        Additionally, there will be no collections from Closed Access during this period.  

        Cardholders are advised to bring their cards with them as no Day Passes will be offered.

      Senate House Library, University of London

      • Catalogue | Library website | Information on joining
      • Senate House Library is a significant research library and has specialist collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The cost of membership for all academic staff, and students on some courses, will covered by your School; others can join for a fee .

      University College London (UCL)

      • Catalogue | Library website | Information on joining
      • Birkbeck students can register to use UCL Library between 09:30-17:00 Monday to Thursday and 10:00-17:00 on Friday.
      • Academic staff and research postgraduate students are advised to join the SCONUL Access Scheme before visiting UCL Library.
      • Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students should print a copy of their Confirmation of Enrolment from their MyBirkbeck Profile before visiting UCL Library.

      University of Westminster

      Wellcome Library


      For more subject specific libraries please select one of the Library Resources by Subject Guides and click Other Libraries.