SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Other UK universities

Reference Membership
  • You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library during staffed hours
  • Institutional ID must be shown
  • Fees are charged for taught course students
Undergraduate £100 p.a./£70 six months/£30 one month *
Taught Postgraduates £100 p.a./£70 six months/£30 one month *
MPhil/PhD students/staff No charge

*Free Reference Pass available during summer vacation period only.

Borrowing Membership
  • You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library during staffed hours
  • Staff ID must be shown
  • Not available to students
Academic staff              £150 pa/£100 six months to borrow 6 books for one month.

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 link on the right (you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat to view).


SCONUL Access is available to members of most of the publicly-funded higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. Please enquire at your home library for eligibility. SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges (6 books for 1 month) for the following:

  • Academic staff on open or fixed term contracts of a year or more (Band A)
  • Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification (Band A)
  • Part-time undergraduate and post graduate students, distance learning and placement students (Band B)
  • Full-time postgraduates (Band C)

SCONUL Access also provides reference only membership for the following:

  • Full-time undergraduate students (Band R)
  • Staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements (Band R)
Note:  SOAS does not offer Band R.