The British Library is the UK's largest library with over 150 million items in most known languages.
It is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland.
Most of it's items are kept in closed storage - you'll need to request them and then use them in the British Library's reading rooms.
BL reader passes are free but you will need to give details of the material you wish to consult. You will also need to show personal identification and proof of address.
You can find full registration information on the British Library's website.
Search the British Library Catalogue.
If LSBU doesn't hold the book you want it might be available at another academic library in the London area.
You can use Search 25 to search the catalogues of nearly 60 academic libraries, specialist collections, and world renowned institutions in London and the South East at the same time.
Is there another University library closer to your home or work?
Do you want to use a book which only another library holds?
Well you can join over 200 other University Libraries in the UK and Ireland through a scheme called SCONUL access
All students can access the libraries' study spaces and get reference access to books, though only post-graduate and part-time undergraduates can borrow books
How do I join?
Online on the SCONUL access website. Please use your LSBU email address when you apply so we know who you are
Your application will be approved by the library here at LSBU so you need to make sure you have no library fines or other library account problems before you apply!
Once approved - we'll send you an email and you need to take that along to the library you want to join along with your LSBU ID card
Can I use Wifi at other University libraries?
Many University libraries use the EDUROAM wifi system which is the same one we use here.
If they do then you’ll be able to get wifi by using your LSBU username and password. Ask at a library help desk if you have problems
At busy times of the year some University libraries may have to restrict access to students using them under the SCONUL access scheme
We'll post updates here when we receive news of any restrictions at other London University libraries.
Birkbeck - University of London
Over the summer Birkbeck Library will be undergoing refurbishment.
Due to all the disruption this will cause, the library will not be operating the Sconul Summer Vacation Access scheme.
Sconul Access Visitors will be asked to register with the Library for membership.