In line with Government guidelines, and following the closure of library buildings, SCONUL will be suspending the SCONUL Access scheme until further notice.

If you have any questions please contact via email at Updates regarding Library Services can be found on the remote services and library closures page.

Undergraduates and taught postgraduates

Undergraduates and taught postgraduates may only apply for temporary reference access during College Christmas and summer vacations. See Term dates.

To apply for this category of membership you must be enrolled at an institution that participates in the SCONUL Access scheme

Your membership entitles you to use all our libraries.

How to register

Fill out the online library membership application form, selecting the 'SCONUL Access' option. Then visit the Welcome Desk in the Central Library or one of our campus libraries 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 card does not have an expiry date please bring an official letter from your home department stating the end date of your course
  • a current email address at your home institution's domain (not gmail, etc). 

For admission at other times see Members of the public and other visitors.

On occasion, temporary building work or other disruption may cause Library Services to withdraw from the scheme.

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.