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Alumni & Visitors

Library Reading Room, John Islip Street

Our libraries are open to UAL alumni, members of the public and people with SCONUL access to other libraries. Learn more about visiting us and accessing our outstanding collections.

UAL Alumni

We provide a range of services for our alumni including:

  • Reference access to all our libraries
  • Guides in large print and on coloured paper, on request
  • Induction loops
  • Height adjustable tables and chairs
  • Magnifiers
  • 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 us half a day notice, if you can, so we can make sure the material is ready for you.

We’ve also created a new online guide, Alumni: Free or Open Access, Quality e-Resources with links to free or open access e-resources. Please note: there is no access to networked databases or other IT facilities.

How to apply

You are eligible to apply for the UAL Alumni Library card if:

  • You have completed a UAL foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • If you are a former member of staff who was employed for a year or more at UAL

When you graduate from UAL you are automatically registered with the Alumni Association and given a unique six-digit Alumni ID number.

If you aren’t sure if you’re registered, or don’t know your six-digit Alumni ID number, email the Alumni Association

Once you have your alumni ID number, you can apply for access to UAL libraries by downloading the Alumni Registration Form 2018 (PDF 55KB)

How to visit


This national scheme allows members of one higher education library to use another library's facilities. SCONUL Access covers most library books, but does not include the use of networked databases or IT facilities.

You can join the scheme and may be able to borrow items if you're a:

  • member of staff
  • researcher
  • Part-time, distance learning, placement student
  • student on taught postgraduate courses

Full-time undergraduates may be offered reference access, but will not be able to borrow items.

If you want to join the scheme please ask at your home library for more details.

How to visit

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 (CSM) SCONUL Access please email at least 48 hours before you want to visit.


Members of the public are welcome to access references from all UAL libraries. You can make an appointment during our main opening hours. (This does not including overnight opening hours, 10pm - 9am at CSM).

Please note: 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).

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