How can I visit the library as an independent researcher?


If you can demonstrate a need to use our libraries to access materials not easily available elsewhere, you can now apply to visit our libraries. Visits are restricted to library staffed hours only.

Please complete our Library Visit form to apply for a temporary e-pass for accessing King's College London libraries as an Independent Researcher (note: this will only allow you access to the library, not King’s Buildings). Before submitting your application, please check if the material you would like to access is available in the British Library catalogue. You will be asked to specify the books and/or journals you wish to access.

We do not allow visiting requests only for use of study space. 

If your application is successful, during your visit, please make sure you have a valid form of photo ID with you. Security can still deny access to Library Visit Pass holders if sufficient identification is not available.

Please fill out the application form and plan your visit in advance. You should receive a reply and your e-pass (if your application is successful) within five working days.

There is currently no option to pay for a borrowing subscription as an Independent Researcher. As soon as new registrations for external library users resume, this page will be updated with more information on how to apply for a borrowing subscription.

For all external library users, please note:

  • Access to a limited selection of e-resources is available via a few public access (VERA) PCs.
    Please speak to library staff for access.
  • Reference access is available to all our print resources.
  • Visitors to King's libraries can use many of the same printing and photocopying services available to staff and students. Full details of this service and instructions on how to register for your own guest print account can be found here. These facilities are available in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act, 1988.
  • Wi-Fi is available through The Cloud via registration.
  • The eduroam wireless network service may also be available if you belong to a participating institution. Eduroam login details can be used to access this network at King's library sites.

  • Last Updated Oct 20, 2023
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  • Answered By Pete Garner

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