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Information for IOE Library visitors: External Borrowing Membership

External Borrowing

External Borrowing Membership provides:
- Limited borrowing of a maximum 5 books from the 4-Week loan collection only (excluding 1-Week loans, Curriculum Resources and other restricted categories)
- Access for reference and study to all collections.
- General reference/enquiry services – in person, telephone or email.
- Self-service photocopying facilities.
- Walk-in access for ejournals via the UCL Explore terminals (no printing is available but articles can be saved onto your USB memory stick)

Applying for Membership

Applications for Memberships should be made in person during Library Welcome Desk hours:

Term Time Welcome Desk hours 
Monday – Friday: 08.30 - 19.00;               Saturday: 09.30 - 17.00;
Sunday & Bank Holiday: No Welcome Point / Membership Service

You will also be asked to provide proof of credentials to indicate status & eligibility for library use and proof of Home Address.

During busy periods we may not be able to print your library card immediately. In these instances we would give you a paper library ticket giving you immediate reference access, and your card would be ready for collection within one working day. If you need to borrow books on the same day, please email the IOE Library Membership team in advance, and we will pre-prepare your registration when possible to enable you to get your library card on your first visit.

If you have any questions about applying for Library Membership, please email the IOE Library Membership team

Free Categories - External Borrowing

The following are required when applying and renewing for all external borrowing membership including Free & Paying categories:

• proof of identity

• proof of home address eg driving licence, recent utility bill.


a. Former Permanent/Retired Staff from UCL and IOE (valid for 2 consecutive academic years)

Proof required: Staff ticket or note from HR + Proof of ID and Recent Proof of Home Address required

b. Partnership Schools & Colleges One named individual from each PGCE Partnership Schools & Colleges

Proof required: Name on Partnership School & College list + Proof of ID and Recent Proof of Home Address required

c. SOAS Reciprocal Agreement
-       Staff, Doctoral and Master students from SOAS + Recent Proof of Home Address required

Proof required: Staff or student card showing Doctorate status

d. SCONUL Access Scheme (Bands A, B and C)
-       Staff and doctoral students (Band A)
-       Part-time postgraduate students (Band B)
-       Distance Learning and Placement students (Band B)
-       Full-time postgraduate students (Band C)
Proof required: SCONUL Access card or SCONUL Access email and a current student card or staff card + Recent Proof of Home Address required

SCONUL Access online application


Free tickets are valid until the 30th of September each year or until your course or contract ends, whichever comes first.

Paying External Borrowing Membership

General Charges for 2017 - 2018:
3 months:        £75.00
6 months:        £135.00

1 year:             £240.00

- Alumni Borrowing Membership
£50 for 12-months
Proof required:
· UCL Alumni Association Card or Graduation Certificate from UCL or IOE course.

· A proof of current address required (driving license, utility bill,…)

- Group Borrowing Membership
An annual fee of £400 provides tickets for three named individuals. Additional tickets are available for a further £150 each.
These special rates are not available for shorter periods than one year.
Proof required:
· Signed Group Membership Form (see below) with the three named individuals 
· A proof of current address required (driving license, utility bill,…) for each named individuals