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Information for Non-UCL Library visitors: External Borrowing Membership

External Borrowing

External Borrowing Membership provides:
- Limited borrowing of a maximum 5 books from any loan period
- 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)
- Wifi access via Eduroam or you can request a UCL Wifi Guest login from one of the Librarians during Welcome Point hours only
Please note that Computing Service workstations, Printing facilities, Media Services equipment and Remote Access to electronic resources are not available to External Members

Applying for Membership

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

Welcome Desk hours 
Monday – Friday: 08.30 - 20.45; Saturday: 10.00 - 17.45;                 Sunday & Bank Holiday: Closed

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 External Borrowing membership & Paying Alumni Borrowing membership:

• proof of free or Alumni Borrowing (including payment) membership categories
• photographic proof of identity

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

a. Retired Academic Staff from UCL and IOE 

Proof required: Email from one of the UCL or IOE Department stating that Staff has retired from UCL or IOE + Recent Proof of Home Address required

b. SOAS Reciprocal Agreement
-       Staff, Doctoral and Master students from SOAS

Proof required: Staff or student card showing Doctorate status Recent Proof of Home Address required

c. SCONUL Access Scheme (Band A)
-       Staff and doctoral students (Band A)
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 for 12-months or until the end of course or contract or SCONUL Access, whichever comes first.

External Borrowing Membership for UCL and IOE Alumni

- 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,…)