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SOAS Library

Overseas/private universities

IMPORTANT NOTICE : As of 7th November 2011, SOAS Library no longer sends Letters of Welcome to overseas academics and students. This has been confirmed by the School's authorities, and is in line with guidelines from the British Government's Home Office.

Once you reach the United Kingdom, you will still be able to apply for access to the Library in person as detailed below.

Reference Membership
  • You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library during staffed hours
  • Student or staff ID must be shown
  • Fees are charged for all students
Membership typeFee
All students£100 p.a./£70 six months/£30 1 month
StaffNo charge
Borrowing Membership
  • Only available to academic staff
  • You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library during staffed hours
  • Staff ID must be shown
  • You can borrow a total of 6 books for 1 month
  • Fees are charged: Annual ticket £150; 6 month ticket £100.

If you wish to apply, please complete a membership form and return it to the Library.

To obtain a membership form you can:
  • Pick one up from the Membership Desk in the Library
  • Request one by email
  • Download as a PDF file use the link on the right (you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat to view).