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Do I need library membership?

Anyone over the age of 18 can visit the library and use the materials on the shelves. You only have to join the library if you need to order materials from the library stores or use our online subscription resources. It’s best to email us if you're planning to visit the library for the first time, so that we can advise you on the membership options available to you. 

Membership is free and available to anyone over the age of 18 who needs to use our collections. It allows you to: 

  • order items from the library’s closed stores to view in our Rare Materials Room  
  • log in to the library’s computer network to access our online subscription databases 
  • use the library scanners and printers for research purposes  
  • book a study room

If you are under 18 years of age and studying for an Extended Project Qualification alongside your A levels, you can apply for a short-term membership. 

How to get a membership 

To get library membership you need to:

  • apply online for a membership
  • verify your email to confirm your registration
  • bring two forms of personal ID to the library admissions desk to complete your membership

If you have any access questions related to getting membership, you can speak to us by phone, email or in person when you visit the library.

Personal ID and proof of address

In order to become a member of the library you will need to show a form of personal identification (ID) and proof of address on your first visit. We accept any combination of the following:

Personal identification (ID)

  • UK or international driving licence with your photograph and/or signature 
  • International identity card with your photograph and your residential address 
  • Full passport 
  • UK credit card or debit card with your signature 
  • Official photo identity card from a recognised place of work or study 

Proof of address

  • UK or international driving licence with your photograph and/or signature and your residential address 
  • International identity card with your photograph and your residential address 
  • Council tax statement or payment book (paper or digital) 
  • Recent utility bill – gas, electricity, water or telephone (paper or digital) 
  • Recent bank or credit-card statement (paper or digital) 

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