SOAS University of London

Important information about library access and loans

18 May 2020

Library Opening Times  

SOAS has temporarily moved to remote  delivery  and the Library will be closed to all visitors.

Please continue to check this page for updates on the phased re-opening of library spaces.

Access for Enhanced online services will be available during this period as detailed below. 

Special Collections will continue to offer Reading Room services remotely, including a full enquiry service.

Our librarians will offer a full enquiry service. Please see contact details

Our electronic resources remain fully available and SOAS students can also register for remote access to Senate House Library e-resources.

Fines & borrowed books

SOAS Library is making temporary changes to its loan policy to assist those who cannot visit the library during the COVID-19 period.

We have extended the return dates for books currently on loan from SOAS library. If your book was due for return during March or April 2020 the earliest due date will now be 1 July 2020.
You may not immediately see the new date on your online library account, but be assured that fines will not be levied again until 2 July 2020. Users wishing to return books while the library is closed can please post them to the address on this page.

If you have any queries about book loans please contact

External members

Our electronic resources remain fully available consistent with your current membership category. Enquiry services will be available via the contact points advertised below. 

For all enquiries regarding Library services please see contacts web page.