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We are not accepting visitors without prior appointments. Appointments can normally be accommodated when the library is open Monday to Friday, but we can not accept visitors at weekends.

Please contact the library to arrange your visit.

Where is Laban Library located?

Laban Library, the library of the Faculty of Dance, is located in the Laban Building, Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ. Click here for directions.

May the public use the Laban Library & Archive?

Reference use of Laban Library is available to anyone engaged in dance-related private study or non-commercial research on payment of a visitor’s fee. Please contact us to arrange a time for your visit. Visitors are required to book in advance during weekday office hours to minimize the dilution of resources for Trinity Laban students and staff at busy times. Laban Archive is currently available for Trinity Laban students and staff only.

I’ve graduated from Trinity Laban. Can I still use the Laban Library?

Trinity Laban alumni are welcome to use Laban Library free of charge on a reference-only basis. This means you can consult the books, journals and DVDs, and many of our online resources within the library. You will not be able to borrow items, including AV/IT equipment, or access online resources from home.

To use the library, contact us in advance, go to Reception at the faculty and let them know you would like to use the library. You will be asked to sign in. Further information can be found under FAQs for Alumni section of this website.

What about members of other colleges and universities?

If your institution is a member of SCONUL Access, you can apply to use the Laban Library at no additional charge and may be able to borrow a limited number of items.

SCONUL Access enables staff and postgraduate students to borrow a small number of items from other higher education libraries within the scheme, and also allows undergraduate students to use other libraries for reference purposes.

Register online for the SCONUL Access scheme in advance, book a time to visit our library, and remember to bring your institutional ID and a copy of your ‘SCONUL Access approved’ email when visiting us. We advise you to check our opening hours before visiting, particularly during vacations.

If you attend an institution that is not part of SCONUL Access, you can still book a visit to use Laban Library on a reference-only basis (please see the section on ‘How much does it cost to use Laban Library’ for details of any relevant charges).

Reference access is available as above, and students pay concession rates for use of the library.

How much does it cost to use Laban Library?

Visitor fees for use of the Library:

SCONUL Access visitors: No charge (see ‘What about members of other colleges and universities’ section above)

1 day                                                                 £8

1 day – concessionary rate*                             £4

* Concessionary rates (half-price fees) apply to students from other institutions who can show valid student ID.

May I borrow from the library?

Unless you are a current student or staff member of Trinity Laban, you cannot borrow items from Laban Library. This includes AV/IT equipment such as cameras and laptops. However, if there is a specific item you wish to borrow, you may be able to do so through the Inter-Library Loan scheme. Please contact your local public or academic library for more information.

Certain bands of SCONUL Access visitors may be able to borrow a small number of items from Laban Library. Please visit the SCONUL Access website for further details.

How can I find out what’s in stock at the library?

Search the Laban Library catalogue. Viewing the details of an item will confirm whether or not a copy is currently available.

Can I make photocopies?

  • Material can be copied for study purposes within the limits of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and our Copyright Licensing Agency licence.
  • Guest copy cards are available from the library issue desk for external visitors.
  • Charges per side of printing are 6p (A4) and 12p (A3) for black and white copies. Colour prints are 40p (A4) and 80p (A3) per side of printing.

Does the library conduct research on behalf of visitors?

We can carry out initial searches up to 15 minutes without charge for specific enquiries received by phone, letter or email, and can advise you about likely fees applicable to in-depth searches (normally £50 per hour), should we estimate that your enquiry will take longer.

I’d like to donate some books/archives to Laban Library. Is this possible?

We are grateful for book donations. Please email a list to Librarians-Dance@trinitylaban.ac.uk. We will add suitable items to stock, and may sell any items we do not add, then invest the income into further resources.

You haven’t answered my question

If your question isn’t answered here or elsewhere on the website, please contact us with your enquiry by emailing Librarians-Dance@trinitylaban.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)20 8305 9333.