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Library services

Borrowing books

Who can borrow?

Staff and students of SOAS can borrow materials, as well as other categories of library membership such as Alumni and external members.

Membership type Loan allocation "long loan" items
SOAS staff 30 items  1 month
SOAS research postgraduates (MPhil/PhD) 30 items 1 month
SOAS taught postgraduates (MA/MSc) 30 items  2 weeks
SOAS undergraduates 15 items  2 weeks
SOAS Intercollegiate 5 items  2 weeks
Alumni 5  Items 2 weeks
All other borrowing members 5  Items 2 weeks

What can I borrow?

Most books and CDs can be taken out on loan, with the exception of journals, reference books, theses, rare books and archives which are for use in the Library only.
Items stored offsite are available to consult at the library premises.


You can renew books up to 5 times