Membership card

Your membership card is enclosed in your Welcome Pack. Please ensure that you bring your card with you whenever you visit the Library. You will need it to gain access into and out of the building and to borrow books and make use of other facilities.

Your membership card remains valid for the duration of your membership. Personal memberships are non-transferable and the Library may be used only by the person named on the membership card. Please report lost or stolen cards to the Membership Office.


Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is provided in your Welcome Pack. This allows you to check your account online and use Catalyst to search the Library's online catalogue and electronic resources. A PIN is not required unless you want to request titles or read journal articles online. PINs are non-transferable and may be used only by the member named on the card.

Book an induction

We encourage all new members to have a one-to-one induction by a member of our staff to help navigate the collections and make the best possible use of the Library. Inductions last approximately 45 minutes and are tailored to the individual member and their areas of interest but routinely cover: the use of the catalogues; the layout of the Library; the arrangement of the collections; and the facilities and services on offer. E-inductions (introductions to the use of electronic resources) are provided on request. Inductions can be booked on 020 7766 4700.