SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Admission to the Library

This section of the web pages has been designed to answer any questions you may have about admission to the library whether you would like to use the library for one day or one year.

Please select an option from the menu on the left or the table below for more information.


Please note that we are unable to accommodate guests of staff, students or visitors due to demand for Library space. During some open days and Welcome Week, however, we may be able to accommodate guests of SOAS staff and students if space and staffing allows.

Please read Information for all Library visitors before applying to join SOAS Library.

Policy for Children and Young People on SOAS Premises - October 2018 (pdf; 78kb)  

Important Notice

Please read the information on our website and ensure that you are paying for the right membership to avoid additional costs as we do not issue refunds for cancelled membership.

We will charge the full price for “Borrowing Membership” even if you already have a “Reference Membership” as our payment structure will not permit such upgrades. This applies to all membership types without exception.