Visitors and alumni

We welcome visitors from the Alumni, SCONUL, University of London and local community.

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Alumni

You can register for free alumni library membership for the first three years from your finishing date. This period will be extended to cover time missed due to Covid-19 closures and restricted access.

This lets you access the library 24/7 and borrow up to five items 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.

All Goldsmiths alumni can access selected e-resources, including JSTOR and SAGE journals, by registering to use Goldsmiths Connect, the alumni social network.

This free account is separate from any library membership you may have.

When you register for your online account, you will be joining the alumni mailing list and get updates on any new alumni benefits.

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

  • Borrowing membership costs £30 for three years. This lets you access the library 24/7 and borrow up to five books and two audiovisual items 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.

All Goldsmiths alumni can access selected e-resources, including JSTOR and SAGE journals, by registering to use Goldsmiths Connect, the alumni social network.

This free account is separate from any library membership you may have.

When you register for your online account, you will be joining the alumni mailing list and get updates on any new alumni benefits. For more information see libguides.gold.ac.uk/alumni.

Apply online before visiting the Library.

Applications will be reviewed and can take up to five working days to process.

We will send you an email explaining how to collect your alumni card.

All Goldsmiths alumni can access selected e-resources, including JSTOR and SAGE journals, by registering to use Goldsmiths Connect, the alumni social network.

This free account is separate from any library membership you may have.

When you register for your online account, you will be joining the alumni mailing list and get updates on any new alumni benefits.

For more information see libguides.gold.ac.uk/alumni.

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, you will need to complete the Goldsmiths SCONUL application form and receive your membership confirmation email before visiting the Library.

There is no walk-in access for SCONUL users until you have completed this process.

Applications may take up to five working days to process.

Once your application has been processed, we will send you a membership confirmation email explaining how to collect your Library card.

Accessing the Library

All SCONUL members can use the Library - Monday to Sunday 9am to 9pm

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

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

PhD, postgraduate and part-time undergraduate students can borrow up to five books.

University Staff can borrow up to five books.

Community users from the Lewisham area

Local residents are welcome at the Library.

Our community membership gives you reference access to our books and journals in Art, Education, Social Sciences, Computing and the Humanities.

We also hold a School Practice Library with material useful to teachers, and 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 is 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. 

To apply you will need to be a Lewisham resident, over 18 and demonstrate genuine research needs\a need to engage with our collection.

Apply online for a community membership before visiting the library

Applications may take up to five working days to process.

Once your application has been processed, we will send you a membership confirmation email explaining how to collect your Library card. 

University of London students 

University of London students who are not eligible to apply for membership through the SCONUL access scheme may apply for reference access. This mainly applies to taught postgraduates and undergraduates who attend King’s College, LSE and UCL. 

You will need to apply online before visiting the Library. There is no walk-in access for University of London students. 

Applications may take up to five working days to process. 

Once your application has been processed, we will send you a membership confirmation email explaining how to collect your Library card. 

Other visitors 

Access for school visits and all other visitors who do not fit into the categories above should email library@gold.ac.uk in the first instance outlining their reasons for requiring access. 

Address and how to find us

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