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Using the Library

UK University Libraries

General advice

SOAS students and staff can have access to most university libraries in the UK. Always take your SOAS ID card with you and check the web-site of the university before you go as you may need to take a letter of recommendation with you from a member of academic staff.

SOAS is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme which allows students and staff borrowing privileges (subject to status) and reference access to more than 170 university libraries throughout the UK and Ireland. For more information see the SCONUL Access pages.

Vacation access to other Higher Education libraries

Many university libraries participate in the SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme.
This scheme allows undergraduate and taught postgraduate students free reference use of other higher education libraries during the vacations of the host institution.

Please note that this arrangement does not allow access to all of the Library's collections, nor electronic resources.