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Library guides and policies

Our comprehensive guides can help you with every aspect of using Birkbeck Library, from finding and borrowing books and browsing our databases to using specialist referencing software. You can read our library regulations and policy documents that guide and underpin our services.

Browse our library guides

academic subject guides (A-Z)

Alumni Guide 

Database User Guides 

eBooks guide

Free access to online resources guide

Inclusive Readings (decolonising the curriculum) guide

Library Guides

Patents, copyright and intellectual property guides 

Reading for pleasure guide

Reading List Guidance for Teaching Staff

referencing guides 

Research guide

Study skills guides 

Study spaces guide

Systematic review guide

Using archives, special collections, and images in your research guide

Wellbeing guide


Library Policy Documents

Our policies and strategic plans are reviewed and updated regularly to ensure our services are meeting the needs of Birkbeck students and staff.




Library Regulations

Our regulations exist to help the Library function efficiently and to ensure it is a safe and pleasant place to study, research, and work. The Library Services User Charter is our pledge to you.

Summary of regulations

  • In joining Birkbeck Library, you agree to abide by our regulations, as summarised here:
    • You need a valid membership card to enter the Library and to borrow material.
    • You should return items promptly when someone else has requested them.
    • You should not bring food or alcoholic drinks into the Library.
    • You need to abide by copyright legislation and electronic licence agreements.
    • You should treat other Library users and Library staff with courtesy and respect, which includes not disturbing other users and maintaining silence in designated areas.
  • Read the full Birkbeck Library regulations.

Forgot or lost your card

  • Forgot your card: if you are a student or staff with a Birkbeck username and password you can print a day pass using the self-service day pass kiosk at the Library entrance. Otherwise, you may be able to gain access to the Library with a one-day pass.
  • Lost your card: you should inform us as soon as possible, contact us and if you are a Birkbeck student information on how to get a replacement Birkbeck ID is available.

Withdrawal of access

  • We retain the right to withdraw access to the Library's physical space, where there has been a breach of the Library’s regulations (you will be notified in advance), and to any or all of our digital resources without prior notification, where agreements with our suppliers require this.