SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

General public

Reference Membership
  • You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library during staffed hours
  • Photo ID must be shown - passport, driving licence, institutional ID (student/staff card), Freedom Passes or national ID card (where applicable).
  • Fees are charged for reference membership: Annual ticket £100; 6 month ticket £70; 1 month ticket £30
Borrowing Membership
  • You can apply immediately on arrival at the Library during staffed hours
  • Proof of ID must be shown - passport, driving licence, institutional ID (student/staff card), Freedom Passes or national ID card (where applicable).
  • Proof of address must be shown- bank statement, utility bill, drivers licence.
  • You can borrow a total of 3 books for 1 month
  • Fees are charged for borrowing membership: Annual ticket £200; 6 month ticket £100
  • Children 17 and under are not entitled to a borrowing card. Access is at the discretion of the Library.

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

To obtain a membership form you can:

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.