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Information for Postgraduates

How to Join

Students are automatically registered with the library, and your RCS card is also a library card. You may need to come to the desk to activate your account when you first arrive. 

Loan period information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Getting Started

Study and Research Support

Essays and Exams

Student Support offer a number of resources to help structure essays, prepare for exams and manage your time.

Printing and Photocopying

Library/Research Skills

Book now to attend our Library and Research training sessions.

Reference Management

We can provide guidance on EndNote and RefWorks. Book a place on one of our training sessions.


Can't find the resource you're looking for?

Try these alternative sources of information.

SCONUL Access Scheme 

To visit libraries nationwide, go to the helpdesk and apply for a SCONUL card.
You can check the stock of other libraries before you visit!

Inter-Library Loan

To order a book from another library, contact our Inter-Library Loans Team.

Requesting a doctoral thesis

To request a print thesis from the depository, fill in this form. Visit the British Library's Ethos service to download or request a digitised thesis.

Other Library Catalogues

Search libraries in the London Area using Search25. Search the catalogues of libraries across the UK usingCOPAC.


Visit the Royal Holloway Archives, or check out other national archive catalogues.


For Researchers

This information is particularly relevant to Postgraduate Researchers.


All postgraduate research students have access to Pure, the College's Research Information System. Please consult the Pure support pages on how to add information to Pure.

Publishing your work 

Please contact mailto:openaccess@royalholloway.ac.uk for help and advice on how to publish your work and make it available to gain the benefits of Open Access.

E-thesis submission

All doctoral theses must be submitted electronically via Pure. Please consult Pure support pages for submission guidelines.

Open Access

Royal Holloway is committed to Open Access. For more information, please contact mailto:openaccess@royalholloway.ac.uk

Loan Periods

Postgraduate Taught students can borrow up to 25 items.

Postgraduate Research students can borrow up to 40 items and have automatic renewals on all 3 week loan items.

Loan Periods

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3 Week Loan 3 weeks
1 Week Loan 1 weeks
3 Day Loan 3 days 
24 Hour Loan 24 hours

Contact us

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Telephone 01784 443823
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Fine Rates

Three Week Loan:

20p per day


One Week Loan:    
40p per day


Three Day Loan:             
40p per day


24 Hour Loan:            
50p per hour 

Please note that 24 Hour Loan items cannot be renewed



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