You may have graduated, but our libraries are still here for you

If you miss the smell of the books, the quiet and the access to all that knowledge, why not pay a visit to the library? Alumni membership is free and simple to set up, and you can access any of our campus libraries.

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Visit the library just this once

Sign the visitors’ book at the Welcome Desk and show your identification. The library will issue you with a day ticket.

Visit regularly for research

Apply for an admission card at the Welcome Desk and show identification. Please note, this type of membership does not allow you to borrow items.

Borrow books

Apply for full alumni membership of the library. You can do that online via Imperial Plexus or on the library webpages. You must be able to provide a UK address if you want to borrow books and you’ll need to show idenfitication.

The library staff will verify your alumni status. If you are planning to visit one of our libraries during the evening or at the weekend, please contact the Alumni Office in advance. We will send you a validation email to bring with you.

You’ll receive a library card valid for one year, and renewable on request.

Access resources online

Easy! Just login to Imperial Plexus and get instant access to lots of online resources. The list is limited to those permitted by the terms of our licences but we are working hard in partnership with the library team to get you access to as many resources as possible.

Browse the full list of online resources or check out Imperial Plexus.

Don’t forget to bring identification!

You’ll need to bring two valid items of ID with you, one from each list below. Please note - bills and statements must be less than six months old. 

Types of identification

Personal ID with photograph

Please bring one item of ID from each list.

  • Passport
  • Valid photo card driving licence
  • NHS Trust ID card
  • National ID card
  • College and university ID card
  • ID card from employer
  • Photo travel card

Proof of address

Please bring one item of ID from each list.

  • Utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, telephone, water)
  • Bank / Building Society statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Mobile phone bill
  • Council tax bill / council tax payment book
  • National ID card with address
  • Driving licence with address