SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Overseas/private universities

IMPORTANT NOTICE : SOAS Library no longer sends Letters of Welcome to overseas academics and students. We are unable to sign, endorse or stamp documents from overseas institutions, or provide certificates of attendance in line with UK Home Office guidance.

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
Staff No 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 3 books for 1 month
  • Fees are charged: Annual ticket £200; 6 month ticket £100.

If you wish to apply, please complete a Library Membership Application Form (pdf; 545kb)   and return it to the Library.

To obtain a membership form you can: