Visitors and alumni

All University buildings including the Libraries are closed until further notice. This applies to both libraries and the Special Collections reading room.

The services available to visitors are:

  • Access to most print collections.
  • Access to the library catalogue which holds information about Library stock and which is freely available via the web.
  • Guest wireless access accounts for laptops or devices will be provided by the library during staffed opening hours as there is no general access to IT facilities for visitors.
  • Access to this selection of e-resources whilst on London Met Campuses using your own mobile device. Please note that access for commercial activity is prohibited.
  • Photocopying and printing.
  • Limited borrowing rights for some visitor categories.
  • You may request an introduction to the Library from a librarian. Please email giving two weekdays notice so that a suitable date and time can be arranged.

Alumni, Sconul Access and other external visitors may use our libraries only until 21:00 during term time and until 19:00 on weekends and during vacation. You will be asked to leave after this time. External visitors with a day pass can utilise the pass over two days covering a 24 hour period.

We welcome visitors with the designations below:

  • Visiting Professors - if you are affiliated to the University for a minimum of 6 months some Library services are available to you.  You may borrow up to four print items from the main collection. 
  • Retired Staff - you may join the Library as an Alumnus / Alumna for reference only access.  You can apply for Alumni Borrowing Membership for a small charge.
  • Emeritus - Some Library services are available to former staff who are assigned Emeritus status by the University.  You may borrow up to four print items from the main collection
  • Contact for further information.
  • Staff and researchers at institutions in London and the south-east who are not SCONUL members can use our libraries via the M25 Scheme.
  • Alumni ID card will give you reference access to the library.
  • Application form and details
  • Paying a fee allows Alumni members to borrow books. Payment is online via E-shop.
  • Using your own mobile device, you can access a selection of e-resources whilst on Campus by obtaining a guest wi-fi login from the Information desk during library staffed opening hours.
  • Membership gives you free reference access to our print collections. You'll be able to read open-access content listed on the library catalogue, called the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • Your London Metropolitan University ID card gives access to all our buildings.
  • Services for partnerships students.
  • If you have a current SCONUL Access card or approval email from your home institution you may use our libraries. There is no general access to IT facilities but if you have registered for Eduroam at your home university, you should be able to access the internet using the Eduroam wi-fi system.
  • In order to register all incoming SCONUL Access members to London Metropolitan University libraries, applicants must bring with them on their first visit:

    • A completed copy of the Sconul Access application form
    • A copy of your SCONUL registration email which clearly states your Band (A, B, C or R), an expiry date which is more than 1 calendar month in the future and the details of the representative of your home institution
    • A passport-sized photograph of yourself
    • Your home institution ID card

    Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of our staffed period
  • Sconul summer vacation access allows students and staff from UK universities who are institutional members of Sconul to use our libraries by showing a valid University ID card during the summer vacation. You do not need to be a SCONUL access scheme member.
  • Reference access only
  • A membership fee is payable :

         1 year - £150      3 months - £50      1 month - £25        1 week - £12      1 day - £7

  • To apply please complete an application form. Provide proof of identity and address (e.g. utility bill, bank statement, rent book) and pay a membership fee (payments are online via E-shop).
  • You will need to provide a passport sized photo for applications 1 week and over.
  • Then email the completed application form to
  • Students and staff from UK universities who are not SCONUL members but wish to use our libraries during the summer vacation can do so by showing a valid University ID card. No membership fee applies.  SCONUL summer access.

Visitor Application form Library

Please note that access to London Met libraries is at the discretion of the Senior Library Assistant or Library Manager.

  • Access25 will give you access to scholarly and specialist libraries not included in the SCONUL Access scheme. See the list of institutions in the Access25 scheme. The scheme is open to postgraduate research students and staff from M25 member institutions.

Members of the public will need a written referral from the the Librarian at their Public library for access for research needs sent to This will be for one visit only free of charge. Subsequent visits will be charged at the rate of External users.

Frequently asked questions

Our CLA licence does not cover library users who are not members of the University. To enable such users to make commercial copies of an article in a journal or chapter of a book, the CLA has a Library Licence Scheme.

External users are asked to complete a CLA form available from the Library staff and pay a fee of £21 (incl. VAT) online via E-shop, which we will then forward to the CLA.  The form contains details about what is being copied and assists the CLA to distribute the money received to authors, visual artists or publishers. Please retain the photocopy (which is also your VAT receipt).

  • If you are an Alumnus/Alumna or a visitor to the University wishing to photocopy or print, you can create a guest account online.  Click on "I do not have an account yet, I would like to create one".  Follow the onscreen instructions and you will be given a unique username and password

All visitors are subject to library rules and regulations. The Library reserves the right to withdraw the service where users are in breach of the Library regulations.

  • All visitors must carry valid ID or a day pass.
  • Library ID cards are for personal use only. 
  • All visitors and applicants must be age of 18 or over.
  • SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.
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