SOAS University of London

Important information about library access and loans

20 March 2020

Library Opening Times  

SOAS will be moving to remote delivery on Monday 23rd March, the Library will be closed to all visitors including SOAS staff and students from 19th March to 19th April. Enhanced online services will be available 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 new due date will be 29 May 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 29 May.

If you have any queries about book loans please contact

External members

In addition to our advertised closure to 20 April 2020,  SOAS Library Membership Desk will not be accepting any new memberships until 3rd June. This is an annual exam period suspension for the main library. Our Special Collections will remain open to all visitors 20 April - 3 June. Our electronic resources remain fully available consistent with your current membership category. Enquiry services will be available via the contact points advertised below. 


These arrangements will be subject to periodic review. Please check this page for further updates.