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User Guide

The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries supports access to libraries for research students and staff from its member institutions. Users of Higher Education libraries are recommended to use the SCONUL Access scheme if they wish to access other HE libraries.

Access25 is for staff and postgraduate research students from the member libraries of the M25 Consortium.

Which libraries can I access?

There are over 50 member institutions in the London and South East region that offer library access. To see the full list, along with any borrowing privileges offered and other local requirements, see our ‘Access25 list of participating libraries’.

I want to visit another library – what do I do?

  • You first need to complete an Access25 application form, which is also available from your home library. You must be registered as a library user and be in good standing (e.g. having no outstanding fines or charges).
  • Your home library will issue you with an Access25 card which will be valid for one year from the date of issue, or until your course or contract ends if earlier.
  • It is always best to contact the library/libraries you wish to join before visiting to check opening hours and any additional membership requirements e.g. you may need to complete another application form at your library of choice, supply a photo for your library card.
  • Take your Access25 card and your library/ID card (from your home institution) along with you to your chosen library/libraries. The library you are visiting will register you and help you access the materials you need.

And remember!

You undertake to abide by the regulations of the library you wish to use. You will be responsible for any fines or replacement costs incurred. Membership may be withdrawn from any user of Access25 who infringes regulations.

Levels of access and use of collections vary between libraries and their collections.

IT facilities / electronic library services are not explicitly included within the Access25 scheme.

Personal data supplied by you will be used only for the purposes of administering the scheme, including the transfer of data between home and host libraries and vice versa.

Please address any queries about the scheme to your home library or to the M25 Support Team: m25libadmin@london.ac.uk.