Our students have access rights to the institute libraries, Senate House Library and other libraries in the University and London, including the British Library.
Seven of the School's institutes have internationally-renowned research libraries. Collections comprise in excess of 1.2 million volumes, 26,000 electronic journals and 300,000 photographs. As a student of the School, you can access any of these libraries on presentation of your ID card. Differing borrowing rights apply at different institutes.
Students of the School have the right to full membership of Senate House Library, one of the largest humanities and social sciences libraries in the UK. The Library holds over 2 million titles with particular subject strengths in English, Economic and Social History, History, Modern Languages, Geography, Music, Philosophy and Psychology. Extensive area studies collections are held in United States, Latin America and Carribbean, and Commonwealth studies. The Library also has substantial and unique holdings in rare books and Special Collections, including archives and manuscripts. The distinctive strengths of the Historic Collections are in 17th to 19th century book holdings, historic periodicals and palaeography.
Students can now access resources using ATHENS. Directly from publisher websites use the login or institutional login option. Select University of London: External System (ATHENS) in the dropdown list, then School of Advanced Studies students. Login using your standard SAS email and password. The Athens login does not provide universal access to content on publisher websites. Please refer to library catalogues and websites to confirm availability of content.
The School's Master's degree students are able to access nearly all of the libraries of the institutions that make up the federal University of London on production of their SAS ID cards. The University of London Library Access Agreement enables University of London students access to books and other library materials in subject areas that are often unrivalled and that have been built over many years.
Students of the School are able to use the SOAS Library and take advantage of their extended opening hours. You will need to apply for a SOAS library card and produce your SAS ID card in order to do so.