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The unique collections of the Warburg Library and Photographic Collection are open free of charge to academic researchers

Academic staff and fellows

Free membership for academic staff and fellows from any university worldwide

To join, please bring a valid university staff card

If your staff card does not include a photo, please also bring some other form of photographic ID 

Your card must indicate clearly that you are academic staff. If it doesn't, please bring a letter from your department confirming your status

PhD/MPhil students

Free membership for postgraduate students from any university worldwide

To join, please bring a valid student card

If your student card does not include a photo, please also bring some other form of photographic ID

Your card must indicate clearly that you are a research student. If it doesn't, please bring a letter from your supervisor or department confirming your status

MA/MSc students

Free membership for postgraduate students from any university worldwide

To join, please bring a valid student card and a letter of recommendation from an academic referee which should indicate your need to consult research material held in the Library

If your student card does not include a photo, please also bring some other form of photographic ID

Undergraduate students

Free short-term membership for undergraduate students from any university worldwide

To join, please bring a valid student card and a letter or email of recommendation from an academic referee. This should indicate what material you need to consult in the Library and the length of access you require

If your student card does not include a photo, please also bring some other form of photographic ID

Please note that undergraduates are issued with temporary library cards

Professional staff of public museums, libraries and galleries

Free membership for professional staff from any public museum, library or gallery worldwide

To join, please bring a valid staff card

If your staff card does not include a photo, please also bring some other form of photographic ID 

Your card must indicate clearly that you are professional staff. If it doesn't, please bring a letter from your institution confirming your status

Independent researchers

Free membership for independent scholars undertaking academic research on subjects covered by the collections

To join, please bring valid photographic ID (e.g. passport, driving licence, national ID card) and a letter or email of recommendation from an academic referee

Please note that private scholars may be issued with temporary library cards, depending on research needs

Commercial researchers

Free membership for commercial researchers from e.g. auction houses, private galleries, publishers and TV production companies

To join, please bring a valid staff card and a letter or email from your place of work which should indicate your need to consult research material held in the Library

If your staff card does not include a photo, please also bring some other form of photographic ID

Please note that commercial researchers are usually issued with temporary library cards

COVID-19 and visiting the Institute

Due to COVID-19 we can only accept a limited number of readers at any one time. It is necessary to book online before visiting the Library and Photographic Collection. Book your desk here 

Please read our FAQs on visiting the library during COVID-19 

Contact us

If you have any queries about joining the library, email warburg.library@sas.ac.uk

For more information on joining the Photographic Collection, email photographic.collect@sas.ac.uk