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.
LSBU is a member of the Access25 scheme – this means LSBU staff and Postgrad Research Students can access libraries at the following institutions.
To join the scheme ask at one of our help desk for an Access 25 card”
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.
Please note that from Monday 25 November to Friday 20 December 2019, SCONUL Access Reference Users (Band R) will not be able to access the University of Roehampton Library.
We are restricting access due to the pressure on study space and resources and to prioritise our students’ needs during our 24 hour period. This does not affect Band A, B and C users.
Normal access will resume on Sunday 22 December.
London Metropolitan University
From 6th January 2020, London Metropolitan University will be limiting access to it's libraries for all external users.
Alumni, SCONUL Access and other external visitors may use their libraries only until 21:00 during term time and until 19:00 on weekends and during vacation.
University of Greenwich
To alleviate pressures on study space during busy exam periods, access to Stockwell Street Library in Greenwich will be restricted to University of Greenwich students and staff as follows:
Monday 25th November to Thursday 12th December 2019 (inclusive)
Thursday 2nd January to Friday 10th January 2020 (inclusive)
SCONUL Access users will continue to have access to our other two campus libraries (Avery Hill Library and Drill Hall Library) throughout these periods.
City, University of London
Please note that from 27th December 2019 to 17th January 2020, SCONUL Access Reference Users (Band R) will not be able to access libraries at City, University of London. This is due to pressure on study space and resources during the busy assessment period.We will not be able to register new SCONUL Access users in this period but existing Band A, B and C users are not affected by these changes