Non-SCONUL and overseas universities

PhD students and academic staff

PhD students and academic staff from institutions not participating in SCONUL Access or from overseas institutions can be granted reference access to the Central Library only for up to 1 year.

How to register

Fill out the online library membership application form, selecting the 'Member of the public' option. Then visit the Welcome Desk in the Central Library and provide:

  • a current ID card from your institution - if your ID card does not include your photo, you must bring additional photographic ID
  • if your ID has no expiry date we require an official letter from your university with an expiry date
  • a current email address at your home institution's domain (not gmail, etc).

Undergraduates and taught postgraduate students

Undergraduates and taught postgraduates from non-SCONUL and overseas institutions may only apply for temporary reference access to the Central Library during College Christmas and summer vacations. See Term dates.

How to register

Fill out the online library membership application form, selecting the ‘Member of the public’ option. Then visit the Welcome Desk in the Central Library and provide:

  • a current ID card from your institution - if your ID card does not include your photo, you must bring additional photographic ID
  • if your ID has no expiry date we require an official letter from your university with an expiry date
  • a current email address at your home institution's domain (not gmail, etc).

Using e-journals, e-books and databases

Your access to e-journals, e-books and databases is limited only to those permitted by the terms of our licences and only available within the Library. Their use is strictly for non-commercial purposes and you must adhere to licence restrictions.

Imperial is a member of eduroam, a service allowing students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to connect to the internet when visiting other participating institutions, see Visitors and guests.