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Senate House Library

Library membership for current students and staff

Learn about membership for current students and staff (including Emeritus Professors) at the University of London including its federation members.

Current students and staff (including Emeritus Professors) at the Colleges and Institutions listed below are eligible for free membership of Senate House Library on production of a current institutional ID card.

Please register online before you come into the Library.

Join the Library

How to register to become a member

  • Complete the relevant registration form for your institute using your college email address
  • Follow the instructions in the email we send you to complete your membership
  • When your membership is complete, you can register for the Library App with your Library membership number for cardless access to Senate House Library or show your institute ID card at the membership desk to pick up your library card.
  • For remote online access to our digital resources, login to the catalogue with your name and membership number.

Register online

Renew your membership  

How to renew an existing membership online.  

  • Complete the renewal form for your institute  
  • You will need your library membership number and your college email address 
  • If you have collected a physical card, your membership number is below the barcode 
  • If you do not know your membership number, please contact 

Renew online 

University of London Colleges and Institutes

Birkbeck College, University of London

Important: check Birkbeck's website for access arrangements and documentation required.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
City, University of LondonRoyal Holloway
Courtauld Institute of ArtRoyal Veterinary College
Goldsmiths’ CollegeSt George’s, University of London
Institute of Cancer ResearchSchool of Advanced Study
King’s College LondonSchool of Oriental and African Studies
London Business SchoolUniversity College London
London School of Economics and Political ScienceUniversity of London in Paris
London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineRoyal Academy of Music
Queen Mary, University of London 


University of London students studying at a distance, either online or through one of our Recognised Teaching Centres (RTCs)

Students enrolled with the University of London worldwide can join the Library free of charge. Membership includes a 10 book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.  

To join the Library, complete the online pre-registration form and come to the library membership desk where we can complete your membership. We will need to see current photographic ID and proof of address along with proof of your enrolment with the University of London. We can accept any of the following as proof of enrolment:

  • A University of London virtual ISIC student card (which must have the University of London logo in the top right-hand corner).
  • The Welcome (or Welcome back) email you receive when you register on your Programme (received within the last 12 months).
  • Current students can show on their device that they are able to successfully log on to the Student Portal.

Find out more about ID requirements.


University of London Alumni

View information about University of London alumni membership.