How to register

Staff are automatically registered with the Library. Your College ID card is your library card - use it to swipe into the library, borrow books and operate our printer-copiers.

You can use all e-journals, e-books and databases.

You can use the Document Delivery to request items which are not available in the Library. The service is unlimited and free.

All staff can use all campus libraries 

Casual staff

We are keeping library occupancy levels to a minimum and therefore limiting access to casual staff.  Contact library@imperial.ac.uk to discuss your needs before planning any visits.

Borrowing and requests

You may borrow:

Total itemsNumber of weeksIncluding 24 hour loans
 40 (from all libraries)  3 weeks   4

We will automatically renew your items for up to 18 months before they must be returned, unless they have been requested.

If an item is recalled you will need to return it by the due date. The Library charges fines on recalled items.

You can return items to any campus library.

Sign in to Library Search to request an item which is out on loan or at another campus. We will email you when it is available for collection. Your request limit is 10 at one time.

Academic visitors and members of College Court and Council

We are restricting access to external and lay members due to COVID-19: Contact us at library@imperial.ac.uk to discuss your needs.

Academic visitors should use their College ID card to access the library. Membership is offered for the duration of your term of office.