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.

The British Library is continuing to experience a major technology outage as a result of a cyber-attack.

Their Reading Rooms in London and Yorkshire are open, but access to the collection and online resources is limited.

Please see what is currently available and search their catalogue.

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

All Islington's libraries are free to join and have free public computers, Wi-Fi and internet access.

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