Reference access for visitors


The Library is available for reference to individuals who need to consult books and journals available here 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.

Opening times for visitors

Library visitors may be admitted to the Rutherford Building between 09.00-21:00 daily.

Day passes

Applications for day reference passes should be made in person at the Library reception desk. When applying for a day pass you must provide the Library with proof of your address (e.g. a recent utility bill) and specify the resources that you wish to consult.

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.

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

If you have any questions please email library (

Resources for visitors

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 (

Internet access is available via the Guest WiFi network.

Photocopying facilities are available. Blank copycards costing £1 may be purchased from the Library Help Desk and copying value added at the top-up machines (cash only).

Other visitors

Current staff and students of institutions with which we have reciprocal agreements (schools and institutes of the University of London) must show a current identity card from the home institution. This cannot be a library-only card. Holders of current Sconul Access scheme cards must also show current identification from their home institution.