Public and Special Libraries

There are opportunities to use the various reference and specialist libraries in London. Check individual details for visitor access.

The British Library

The British Library is a reference library offering access to material not available elsewhere. See details on getting access and their admittance criteria and how to get a reader's pass.

Check out some of the resources available at the British Library.

Access to Research Scheme

Over 10 million academic articles are available, free of charge, in libraries participating in the Access to Research scheme

Use Find a Local Library to search for a public library near you as they may have some of the resources you need for your studies and also some computers to use.

City of London Libraries

This site allows you to search the collections and community information resources of a range of libraries, museums and archives across London.

Small business research and enterprise centre

Formerly called "City Business Library" you can find access to business information sources including market research, UK and international directories, reports of international organisations and periodicals. 

There is a free and also a subscription membership:  the free membership offers remote access to four databases, the subscription membership remote access to 10 databases.  All members can visit the Centre and access all resources free of charge and business students and academics are also welcome to sign up.

Guildhall Library

Holds the "The Stock Exchange" and "Lloyd’s of London" archives and printed collections and "The City of London Livery Company" archives.

Islington Libraries

From 21 September, Islington Council will continue to offer browsing and choosing books at the following Libraries:

  • Archway Library: 020 7527 7823
  • Central Library: 020 7527 6953
  • Finsbury Library: 020 7527 7965
  • N4 Library: 020 7527 7801
  • West Library: 020 7527 7921
  • Local History Centre (appointments only): 020 7527 7988

Opening Hours for all sites will be:
Monday – Friday, 11am to 4pm
Saturday, 11am to 5pm

To search for items go to the Islington Libraries Find, reserve, renew page or otherwise call on the numbers listed above.

A limited number of socially distanced services will be available and to book a PC or study space call on the numbers above.

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