Birkbeck University of London Bloomsbury

Birkbeck University of London Bloomsbury

Libraries in the Bloomsbury area

There are many excellent libraries within easy reach of Birkbeck. The following is a list of the ones most useful to Birkbeck students. Click each entry for links to library catalogues, websites, and information on joining.


British Library


Institute of Education (IoE) UCL


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


School of Advanced Study (SAS)

  • Catalogues | School website
  • The SAS comprises the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Institute of Classical Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Institute of Germanic Studies, Institute of Historical Research, Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Warburg Institute. Each institute may have different arrangements for visitors, so please check before you visit.


School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)


Senate House Library, University of London

  • Catalogue | Library website | Information on joining
  • Senate House Library is a significant research library and has specialist collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The cost of membership for all academic staff, and students on some courses, will covered by your School; others can join for a fee .


University College London (UCL)

  • Catalogue | Library website | Information on joining
  • Birkbeck students can register to use UCL Library between 09:30-17:00 Monday to Thursday and 10:00-17:00 on Friday.
  • Academic staff and research postgraduate students are advised to join the SCONUL Access Scheme before visiting UCL Library.
  • Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students should print a copy of their Confirmation of Enrolment from their MyBirkbeck Profile before visiting UCL Library.


University of Westminster


Wellcome Library