Staff and students of the following local museums and colleges may join the Central Library.

Natural History Museum staff
Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) staff 
Royal College of Art staff and students
Royal College of Music staff and students
Science Museum staff

How to register

Natural History Museum staff / Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) staff / Royal College of Music staff and students /Science Museum staff

Complete the online library membership application form, selecting the ‘local institution’ option. After completing the form please visit the Welcome Desk at Central Library. You will need to show one of the required forms of identification and proof of your current status at your home institution.

Your membership allows access to the Central Library. You may use the campus libraries by appointment for the consultation of specific items.

Royal College of Art staff and students

Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students should contact the Royal College of Art Library and ask them to email Imperial College London Central Library to verify your library expiry date, then complete the online library membership application form, selecting the ‘local institution’ option. After completing the form please visit the Welcome Desk at Central Library. You will need to show one of the required forms of identification and proof of your current status at your home institution.

Staff and PhD students should apply for SCONUL Access band A membership via the Royal College of Art Library.

Borrowing and requests

You may borrow:

Staff and students from local museums and colleges
Total itemsNumber of weeksIncluding 24 hour loans
 5 (from Central Library)  1 week  0

We will automatically renew your items for up to 6 months before they must be returned for re-issue, 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.

Sign in to Library Search to request an item which is out on loan. We will email you when it is available for collection. Your request limit is 3 at one time.

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.