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Who can use the libraries?

Visitors

Royal Holloway Library is free to members of the general public, visitors from other educational institutions and staff and students from other institutions of the University of London. All visitors are welcome to use items within the library, but may not borrow them.  Owing to licence agreements visitors are not entitled to use our electronic resources, though they may of course use our library catalogue to search for items in the libraries.

If you intend to park your car on campus during your visit, please contact the library 48 hours in advance by calling 01784 443823 or emailing LibraryCustomerServices@rhul.ac.uk to register your vehicle.

External members

Any member of the public may become an external member by completing a form at the Library helpdesk and paying the membership fee.

An external reader borrowing card enables you to borrow up to ten books (from both 3 week and 1 week loan categories) from the open-access shelves. However, you are unable to borrow 3 day and 24 hour loans. You cannot reserve items on loan or make use of the Inter-Library Loans Service. If you need detailed help from our staff or need to use our special collections or theses you should make your visit between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday-Friday.

Fines will be applied at the current rates for overdue items and recalled items not returned when requested. Failure to observe the Library Regulations will result in the right to use the Library being withdrawn.

Computer facilities, including access to electronic resources, are not available to external readers. However, free access to the College's wireless network is available to those UK academic users whose institutions offer the Eduroam service. Please check that your institution offers this service then follow the advice in the Eduroam user guide before you visit Royal Holloway. 

Access schemes and reciprocal agreements

The Library at Royal Holloway gives free access to some users who are not attached to the College. The Library participates in the SCONUL access scheme and also participates in other access schemes and reciprocal agreements.  For further information click on your home institution or the access scheme you are subscribed to below:

University of London staff and students

All members of University of London institutions have reference access to the Royal Holloway libraries and staff and research students may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library, applicants should bring their ID card from their current institution and, where applicable, proof of their status, to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 3 years.

Royal Holloway alumni

Royal Holloway alumni have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library applicants should bring either their old college card, diploma certificate, or a letter from their department, to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 3 years.

CABI

CABI staff have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library applicants should bring their CABI ID card to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 3 years.

 

University of Surrey full-time taught students

University of Surrey students have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library applicants should bring their University of Surrey ID card to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 1 year.

Teachers' umbrella

Members of Teachers' Umbrella have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library applicants should bring a letter to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 1 year.

VLA

VLA staff have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library applicants should bring their VLA ID card to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 3 years.

Attached FE colleges

Members of attached FE colleges have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

Library membership is provided by arrangement with the Associate Director (Academic and User Services). Membership will be granted until the end of June following application (i.e. end of current session).

INSPIRE

Members of INSPIRE have reference access to the Royal Holloway libraries.

No application is necessary.

M25 Consortium staff

M25 Consortium staff have access to the Royal Holloway libraries and may borrow up to 10 items at any one time; these must be either '1 Week' or '3 Week' loan items.

To join the Library applicants should bring their M25 ID card to the helpdesk in either library at Royal Holloway, and fill in an application form. Membership will be granted for up to 3 years.

 
 
 

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