Membership

The Institute of Historical Research welcomes academics, researchers and postgraduate students from around the world. Our national funding enables us to give free access to all current university staff and postgraduate students. We have various rates for other categories of researcher.

How to apply for membership

You will need to bring the following to the reception desk at the entrance on your first visit.

  • Application form (can be completed at the desk)
  • Proof of current address (driving licence, recent utility bill or equivalent)
  • Proof of academic status where applicable
  • Payment (where applicable). Payment can be made in cash, by cheque (payable to 'University of London') or by debit or credit card (ask for a form at reception).

For membership enquiries please contact the IHR reception.

Categories of membership

Category

Cost

Additional documentation needed

Current university staff and fellows
Emeritus professors

(From any university worldwide)
 

Free

  • proof of current university status

  • proof of address

Postgraduate students e.g. MA, PhD etc 

(From any university worldwide)

Free
  • proof of current university status
  • proof of address

Undergraduate students

(From any university worldwide)

Undergraduates with a special need
to use the library may be admitted with an email or letter of recommendation addressed to the IHR Librarian.

Tutors are welcome to contact us to arrange group visits, discuss how our collections could support undergraduate final year theses, and send us a list of students or individuals.

  • proof of current university status

  • proof of address

  • copy of letter of recommendation or  acknowledgement from a member of library staff

Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum staff

Free

  • proof of current staff status

  • proof of address

Private researchers

£55 per year or £8 per day*

Private researchers who are members of:

IHR Friends: reduced rate of £30 pa (£60 total). Please ask for a voucher from the IHR Development office.

History Lab Plus members: reduced rate of £26 pa / £5 per day. Please obtain a voucher code from History Lab Plus.

  • proof of address


  • IHR Friends need a voucher from the IHR Development office.


  • History Lab members needs to give a code.                                                                                                                                                 

Retired academics

£55 per year or £8 per day*

IHR Friends: reduced rate of £30 (£60 total). Please ask for a voucher from the IHR Development office.

  • proof of address

*membership rates change at the start of October each year
Special arrangements for completing or enrolling students
CategoryArrangementAdditional Documentation Needed
PhD students rewriting PhDs with expired university registrationsWe can extend existing membership for duration of correcting period.
  • letter from a supervisor or departmental office which shows expected completion date
People about to begin an MA or PhDWe offer a discretionary free membership for up to 3 months prior to the start of a course.
  • Copy of letter of acceptance on course or a letter/email from the proposed PhD supervisor
People who have just completed a PhDWe can renew existing memberships for up to 3 months from date of award letter.
  • Copy of award letter