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Visitors from other institutions, the local area and our alumni can use our Library.

Alumni

Graduated in the last 3 years

You can register for free alumni library membership for the first three years from your finishing date.

This lets you access the library 24/7 and borrow up to four books at a time. Guest Wi-Fi is available.

While on campus alumni members are able to access most of our online resources via the Wi-Fi network but will have to bring their own device as we are unable to provide computer access.

If you have outstanding books on loan on either your Goldsmiths or Senate House Library account, you will need to return these books before your application can be processed.

Older alumni

Alumni who left Goldsmiths more than three years ago have two membership options

  • Borrowing membership costs £30 for three years. This allows you to borrow up to four books at a time.
  • Reference membership is free and lasts for three years.

Both types of membership allow 24/7 access to the Library. Guest Wi-Fi is available.

While on campus alumni members are able to access most of our online resources via the Wi-Fi network but will have to bring their own device as we are unable to provide computer access.

Apply for alumni membership

Apply online before visiting the Library.

Applications will be reviewed and can take up to 5 working days to process. We will send you an email explaining how to collect your alumni card.

SCONUL Access visitors from other universities

Registering with SCONUL and Goldsmiths Library

Students and staff from other universities can apply to use our Library under the SCONUL scheme.

First register with SCONUL.

Once you have received your validation email, complete the Goldsmiths SCONUL application form.

Applications can take up to 5 working days to process. We will send you an email explaining how to collect your pass.

Accessing the Library

All SCONUL members can use the Library - Mon-Sun 09.00-21.00.

There is no access to computers (except the library catalogue). Guest Wi-Fi and eduoroam are available.

Full-time UG students can use the Library for reference only.

PhD, PG and part-time UG students can borrow up to 4 x three week loan books.

University Staff can borrow up to 4 x three week loan books.

University of London students and staff

Accessing the Library

Students and staff from other University of London colleges have reference access to Goldsmiths Library. You will need to bring your student card to security at the front of the library to access the building between 9am and 9pm. See the full list of member institutions.

Community users from Lewisham area

Resources

If you are a resident over 18 in the Lewisham Council area, you may use the library to consult its resources.

All visitors have reference access to our books and journals in Art, Education, Social Sciences, Computing and the Humanities. There is a School Practice Library with material useful to teachers, and we hold several Special Collections, including the Women’s Art Library.

Due to the collection being primarily for Goldsmiths students courses we are unable to provide borrowing access.

Guest Wi-Fi and photocopying are available.

While in the library community users are able to access most of our online resources via the Wi-Fi network but will have to bring their own device as we are unable to provide computer access.

Accessing the library

Day reference pass

Applications for day reference passes should be made in person at the reception desk, during the hours the Help Desk is open.

You must provide proof of your address (e.g. a recent utility bill) and specify the resources that you wish to consult.

You can use the Library until 21.00 on the day.

Community user pass

If you have an ongoing need to consult the collections you can apply for a community user pass online.

Applications will be reviewed and can take up to 5 working days to process. We will send you an email explaining how to collect your pass.

School visits

Teachers can request a visit for a small group of accompanied students studying a project that requires access to our collections or to introduce students to an academic library.

Contact Mark Preston (via library@gold.ac.uk) to discuss your requirements at least 3 weeks prior to the date you wish to visit us.

We're unable to offer visits during our busy induction and exam periods in September, October, April and May.

Other visitors

Resources

The Library is available for reference to individuals who need to consult books and journals that cannot easily be seen elsewhere. Before visiting the Library, readers are advised to check the catalogue to verify that the materials they wish to consult are available.

Guest Wi-Fi and photocopying are available.

While in the library visitors are able to access most of our online resources via the Wi-Fi network but will have to bring their own device as we are unable to provide computer access.

Special Collections

Visitors may access collections available on the open shelves. To view Special Collections and archive material please book an appointment with Special Collections in advance via specialcollections (@gold.ac.uk).

Day reference passes

Applications for day reference passes should be made in person at the reception desk, during the hours the Library Help Desk is open.

You must provide proof of your address (e.g. a recent utility bill) and specify the resources that you wish to consult.

You can use the Library until 21.00 on the day.

Please note that we do not admit students from private colleges.

Long term reference passes

If you have an ongoing need to consult the collections you can apply for a long term reference pass online.

Applications can take up to 5 days to process. We will send you an email explaining how to collect your pass.

Your pass will allow you to enter the Library during the hours the Help Desk is open. You can stay until 21.00.

Please note that we do not admit students from private colleges.

Address and how to find us

The Library (Rutherford Building)
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW

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