Your library account
To view your library account go to Library Search, sign in and click on My account
Your library card, username and password
If you are an Imperial student or member of staff your College ID card is also your library card. Other members are issued with a library card on registration. Use your library card to enter our libraries and borrow books.
If you leave a Library building, even if it's just to get a coffee, please take your card with you so that you can easily get back in.
All library members, who can borrow items, also have a username and password to sign in to your library account on Library Search and make requests.
- Imperial College staff and students – use your College username and password
- All other members – use your barcode number and password
If you've lost your password please ask a member of library staff for help. Report lost College ID and library cards to the Library as soon as possible, to prevent unauthorised use.
Your weekly library account statement
Every Monday the Library sends out a courtesy email summarizing the items you have on loan. This will help you keep track of your loans.
- Imperial staff, students and NHS staff- your items will be automatically renewed (unless an item is requested by another user or has reached its renewal limit). If you have on loan items, provided by the Document Delivery Service sign in to your library account to request renewals.
- External borrowers - sign in to Library Search to renew items
Keep an eye out for recalled items and those that have reached their renewal limit.
We will also send you a separate email when an item cannot be renewed or has been recalled, or when an item you have requested becomes available.
A quick guide to Library Search
Find out how to search the collections of Imperial College London Library, locate a book on the shelf, sign in to your account and make a request for an item that's unavailable
A guide to Library Search for NHS users
How to search for items and access your library account - guidance for NHS users