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Goldsmiths students are entitled to join and use Senate House Library, the main University of London Library. 

Self-registration for Senate House Library

Goldsmiths students are entitled to membership to Senate House Library which is the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. With a focus on Arts, Humanities and Social Science collections, including a number of Special Collections, it provides access to resources for Goldsmiths students and researchers at all levels of study.

Some items on course Reading Lists may be available via Senate House Library, rather than Goldsmiths Library, which is why students are expected to register for a free membership. 

To register for access to online resources you can follow the steps below. 

  1. Complete the self-registration form on You need to login with your Goldsmiths username (e.g. cuser001) and password to do this.
  2. You will be given a temporary registration number. Make a note of this number as this is the password you will need for accessing online resources (see image below).

  1. You're now ready to explore Senate House's online resources. When prompted to login your username is your full name (e.g. Library Member) and your password is your temporary membership number (see image below). Why not test your login by accessing this online article?

For visiting and borrowing access you simply need to visit the membership desk at Senate House Library with your valid Goldsmiths card. 

Other library catalogues

First, you will need to know which libraries hold the materials you are looking for. There are three main catalogues you can search.


COPAC provides unified access to around ninety UK and Irish academic, national and specialist library catalogues. Search by author, title, ISBN, etc. to receive a list of results of libraries


Search25 helps you discover library resources across London and the South-East. You can see where the libraries are and find out how to visit them. Search by author, title, ISBN, etc.


Worldcat allows you to find what you want in a library near you. This searches internationally, although you can enter your postcode to reveal the closest libraries to you.

Sconul Access

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.

To apply for access, visit this page and then complete the two steps asking which kind of student you are and your home institution. You will see all university libraries you are eligible to use. You can apply to use a specific library but you will actually have access to all libraries that participate in the scheme. Once you have applied, you will receive confirmation from us shortly after than your application has been successful. Print/Show this email to the library you then wish to visit. Reference or borrowing permissions will be provided depending on the level of student you are.


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