Access for Academic Users

Current academic staff and postgraduate research students (PhD, MPhil, MRes) from any university* can join the IALS Library free of charge.

Postgraduate taught-course students (e.g. LLM students) are not normally admitted, except those registered at the following University of London Colleges under a current arrangement with IALS: Birkbeck College, King’s College London, London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, University College London)

How to join IALS Library 

Postgraduate students, researchers and academic staff need to apply online.

You may upload a photograph or scans of both sides your university ID directly to the form.  

Non-University researchers with legal training are admitted on payment of a fee

Please check with the Library Administrative Office if you need any further information on membership status.


* A recognised university, UK college of higher education or academic research institute should be a “not for profit” institution.

Page last updated: 5th September 2022