Information for all Library visitors

Explore the library

Everyone is welcome to join the Library in some way and make use of our extensive collections, even if it's only for one day. For more information please see our Admissions page.

Important information to note:

  • All Library members are entitled to access all books & journals in the Main Library, though access to some areas may be restricted at times due to COVID restrictions
  • One week loan books (green tape) and 3 Day Loan A/V items may be borrowed by SOAS students and staff only.
  • Payment can only be made online via SOAS Online Store - After payment please email the digital receipt to
  • Please note that membership fees are non-refundable.
  • All library members (including day members) may have access to some electronic resources (databases and e-journals) on-campus, if the license allows.
  • Only SOAS students and staff are entitled off-campus use of electronic resources.
  • For information about Wifi access please visit out IT support pages .