Accessing other Libraries (for SAS members)

The information on this page is provided exclusively for staff and students of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) — it is not applicable to any other Senate House Library members.


SCONUL Access Scheme

If you are a member of the School’s academic staff, or a SAS student studying for an MRes, Phd or MPhil, you are permitted to use other Libraries within the UK through the SCONUL Access Scheme.

Please check that the Library you wish to visit is part of the SCONUL Access scheme. Complete the SCONUL Access application form online via the SCONUL website. If your application is approved, please print the confirmation email and take it to the institution you wish to join.

If you have a question please get in touch with the appropriate person at your institute:

Institute name Contact details
Senate House Library Martyn Griffiths, Membership Services
020 7862 8440
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies David Gee, Deputy Librarian
020 7862 5822
Institute of Classical Studies< Colin Annis, Institute Librarian
020 7862 8709
Institute of Historical Research Kate Wilcox, Reader and Technical Services
020 7862 8760
Institute of Commonwealth Studies Elizabeth James, Membership Services
(Senate House Library)
020 7862 8840
Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies Elizabeth James, Membership Services
(Senate House Library)
020 7862 8440
Institute for the Study of the Americas Elizabeth James, Membership Services
(Senate House Library)
020 7862 8440


University of London Libraries Access Agreement

This agreement provides for reference access to the federal University of London’s institutional libraries by all members of the University of London and supplements the national Sconul Access scheme.


Participating libraries agree (see Additional Notes at end of text):

  • That individual libraries may require applicants under the Agreement to demonstrate their need to consult material held in that library. This criterion of need means that students should not expect to be able to use other libraries purely for study space or for reasons of ease and convenience.
  • That individual libraries may require users under the Agreement to adhere to shorter opening hours than those which apply to ‘home’ institutional users of that Library.
  • That all libraries within the University of London should admit free of charge current members of the University on production of appropriate institutional ID in order to consult printed materials in their stock.
  • That participating University of London institutions have particular responsibility to provide adequate resources to support their own taught courses and under this Agreement may need to restrict access to teaching collections and, similarly, to other specialist collections.
  • Access to electronic services and resources may be restricted under the terms of this Agreement.
  • This Agreement does not include the provision of inter-library loan services.
  • Libraries participating in the Agreement should, on their own web pages and in other publicity should:

a. Announce their participation in the Agreement

b. Link to the authoritative wording of the Agreement

c. Make clear what range of services is available locally under

  • the Agreement.
  • All those institutions participating in the University of London Access Agreement are listed under the Colleges and Institutes information (see Additional Notes at end of text).


Additional Notes

  • Agreed at the University of London Libraries Committee, Spring Term 2007 meeting
  • Participating institutions are listed on the Colleges and Institutes page, excluding the University of London Institute in Paris, the Marine Biological Station Millport and the University of London International Academy