Alumni & Visitors

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Library Services for Alumni Members

Students who have completed a course of 1 year or more, and staff who have been employed for a period of 1 year or longer at University of the Arts London, can have reference access to all UAL libraries.

Visiting and emeritus professors should apply to the Rector’s office to get a University ID application form.

Register as an alumni.

Once you've registered, you can apply for access to UAL libraries by downloading the alumni registration form below. You will need your alumni registration number and a photo for ID. 

Alumni Registration Form 2018 (PDF 55KB)


Reference access to all University of the Arts London libraries.

We have also created a new online guide, Alumni: Free or Open Access, Quality e-Resources which provides links to good quality free or open access e-resources.

Library Services offers the following support for alumni:

  • Guides in large print and on coloured paper, on request. 
  • Induction loops.
  • Height adjustable tables and chairs.
  • Magnifier.
  • Access to photocopiers (you must comply with copyright legislation).
  • Fetching items from the shelves. If you have difficulty getting any items from the shelves, library staff can collect material for you. Please give half a day notice, if possible, so that we can make sure the material is ready for you.

Please note: there is no access to networked databases or other IT facilities.

Access arrangements

With the exception of Central Saint Martins (CSM), once registered please phone the appropriate library 24 hours in advance for an appointment. For CSM visitor enquiries please email To register for access to the libraries and the Learning Zone, visit the University Alumni pages and follow the instructions.


SCONUL Access is a national scheme allowing members of one higher education library to use the facilities of another.

It is open to the following groups, all of whom may be granted borrowing rights:

  • Staff and researchers
  • Part-time, distance learning, placement students
  • Students on taught postgraduate courses

A fourth group, full-time undergraduates, may be offered reference use of other libraries but will not be able to borrow from them. If you wish to join the scheme please ask at your home library for further details.


SCONUL Access covers most library books, but it does not include the right to use networked databases or IT facilities.


Please take your institutional ID card and your SCONUL Access card or confirmation email to the library you are visiting. If you wish to borrow on your first visit you should call in advance to make an appointment.

For Central Saint Martins SCONUL Access please email at least 48 hours before you want to visit.


Members of the general public can have reference access to libraries of University of the Arts London by appointment during core hours (excluding overnight opening hours 10pm - 9am at CSM). See college libraries pages for any further details.

Please be aware that Central Saint Martins offers restricted access to its collections, allocating study places to alumni, SCONUL members and industry-based researchers only. However, if you are unable to find resources anywhere other than Central Saint Martins and would like to visit, please email:

Copyright information

Use of photocopiers, scanners, slides and videotapes in the Library must be in accordance with the 1988 Copyright and Patent Act and any subsequent Copyright Acts. You are not be able to use University of the Arts London computer facilities or networked resources, including databases.

Photocopying for commercial purposes

The CLA Library Licence Scheme provides a simple way to make lawful photocopies of copyright materials for commercial purposes without seeking permission directly from the copyright owner in each case. Information on copy allowance and what works/publishers are excluded, can be obtained at the Library Information Desk. Each licence currently costs £14.40 (£12.00 + VAT).

Library Services locations and opening hours

Please go to our locations and locations and opening hours page for details of all our libraries and services. For Central Saint Martins visitor enquiries please email


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