Community users


Goldsmiths Library welcomes visitors from the local community. 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.
How can I gain access to Goldsmiths Library?
  • Apply for a day reference pass at the Library reception desk. You will need to bring proof of your home address, such as a recent utility bill or a driving licence. A day pass will be issued to you which expires at 20.45.

  • 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.

  • If your application is approved you will need to take the notification email to Reception in the Richard Hoggart Building (campus map). The Reception is open from 07.00-22.00, Monday- Saturday.
  • Concierge staff will take your photo and issue you with a Goldsmiths card.

Wifi Access
You can access the Guest WiFi network.

Any restrictions?
We ask you to leave the Library by 21:00 each night.

Visits for School and Further Education Staff and Students

  • 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.

  • Teachers should contact Mark Preston ( to request a Library visit and discuss their requirements. Please contact Mark at least 3 weeks prior to the date you wish to visit us.

  • School and further education students should contact their institution to arrange a visit.

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

Contact us
If you have any questions, please contact us by phone on 020 7917 7189, or email library (