Library opening times


Goldsmiths Library is normally open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Goldsmiths Library Christmas and New Year closure

The library is closed from 5pm on Fri 22 December 2017 to 9am on Wed 3 January 2018.

The IT and Library Helpdesks will not be available by phone and email during this period.

We are closing during this quieter time to do some work on the electrics to make the power supply better. We will also be continuing our work to improve the toilets in the Library, which will be finished in January 2018.

Advice for studying over Christmas and New Year

You can use our eResources to get free online access to over 25,000 journals and magazines, more than 44,000 ebooks, nearly 450 newspapers with archives to the 1990s, as well as streaming tens of thousands of movies and documentaries and almost 200,000 CDs.

We also have subject guides to support you in accessing the resources you need for your course.

If it’s space that you are after then you should check out the local public library wherever you are spending the holidays. If you’re staying near campus then Deptford Lounge, Peckham Library and Camberwell Library are all open for some of the days over Christmas and New Year.

Most academic libraries will be closed over Christmas and the New Year but this will vary for each university. Goldsmiths Library is part of the SCONUL Acsess scheme which gives you reference access to over 150 institutes in the UK and Ireland.

If you find a library that you want to access you need to register on the SCONUL website and then, once your SCONUL access has been approved, you can check the website of the library you want to visit for opening hours and other local conditions before you go.

Normal library opening times

Until Fri 22 December 2017 and after 3 January 2018.

ServiceDay and timeDay and timeDay and time
  Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday
General opening 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours
Help desk




Special Collections & Archives

During term time, Special Collections is open from 10:00-17:00 Monday to Friday. The Constance Howard Gallery is open 11:00-17:00 Wednesday to Friday.

Please note, the Constance Howard Gallery and Goldsmiths Textile Collection, including the specialist reference Library, are open by appointment only. Please e-mail textiles ( to make an appointment.

Access for Visitors

Access is by swipe card only after 21:00. Holders of library day or vacation reference tickets will be admitted only when the Library Help Desk is open. All external users, including SCONUL card users, can only access the building until 9pm. Please see Reference access for visitors.