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Library Membership

We welcome 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. Variable rates apply for other researchers.

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Why join the IHR Wohl Library?

Become a part of a community of historians and researchers and access one of the world's greatest open-shelf collections of published primary and reference works covering Britain, Europe and the Americas. 

Make use of a quiet and comfortable library in the heart of Bloomsbury for your writing, study or academic projects. Draw on the expert skills of a team of professional history librarians to support your research.

Membership arrangements

Free membership for academic staff and fellows from any university worldwide.

Free membership for postgraduate 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.

£55 per year or £5 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 / £4 per day. Please obtain a voucher code from History Lab Plus.

Free membership

How to join

Please join by signing up at the Reception Desk on your arrival to the IHR. Our reception team will gladly help you fill in the Library Membership form. Please bring proof of your academic affiliation, if you have one. A card will be issued right away.

We regret that at present we are unable to take advance registrations online.