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Sociology: Other Libraries

A guide to all things Library

Using other Libraries

As a member of University of Westminster, you will be able to access a range of other libraries - in London and across the UK. To discover what books are available in academic libraries across London and the South-East, Library Hub Discover is a good place to start your search. Jisc Library Hub Discover also brings together the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries.

Not all libraries allow access to undergraduates and taught-postgraduates so check your eligibility on the Sconul Access website.

Inter Library Loans

If the book, journal article or thesis you need is not available at our libraries or online for free, you can request it from an external library. This is known as an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request. See the link below for further information about making an Inter-Library Loan request.

Sconul Access scheme

It is often possible to visit other university libraries by joining the Sconul Access Scheme. Some libraries do not allow access to undergraduates and taught-postgraduates so it's important to check your eligibility on the Sconul Access website.

British Library

The British Library is the national research library of the United Kingdom and contains some of the best collections in the world, including over 45,000 electronic journals and 800 electronic databases. Both print and digital resources are accessed in the British Library Reading Rooms.

To access the British Library, you will need to demonstrate that there are particular items you need to consult that you cannot easily access elsewhere. Check their how to join webpage for further information.

Specialist Libraries and Archives