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Perry Library: Visiting other Libraries

Joining Other University Libraries


The SCONUL access scheme is currently suspended.

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

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The British Library

The British Library

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 its items are kept in closed storage - you'll need to request them and then use them in the British Library's reading rooms.

How do I join?

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.

Access restrictions at other Universities

Current restrictions:

Due to the present situation with COVID-19, it is assumed that all University libraries across the UK are now closed to visiting users.

The SCONUL scheme is currently suspended. 

Search 25

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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.

Access 25

LSBU is a member of the Access25 scheme –  this means LSBU staff and Postgrad Research Students can access libraries at the following institutions.

  • British Museum
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • German Historical Institute, London South Bank University
  • Horniman Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Lambeth Palace Library
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Science Museum
  • National Archive Library
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

To join the scheme ask at one of our help desk for an Access 25 card”

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