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, as well as to members of Trinity Laban on payment of a visitor’s fee. Please contact us to arrange a time for your visit. Visitors are asked 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.

How much does it cost to use Laban Library?

Visitor fees for use of the Library:
1 day £8
1 day - concessionary rate* £4
1 week £20
1 term £50
1 year £100

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

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

Trinity Laban alumni are welcome to use Laban Library 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, go to Reception at the faculty and let them know you would like to use the library. You will be asked to sign in.

What about members of other colleges and universities?

Reference access is available as above and students pay concession rates for use of the library. Please note that Laban Library is not a member of the SCONUL Access scheme.

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.

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.

I'm an alumna/alumnus: how can I get hold of a video (i.e. a student performance I was involved in) from a previous year?

We retain student performances from 2012 onwards indefinitely and we also have recordings of some earlier performances, which we may be able to provide to alumni for a fee. Please read the following information on how to request a file of your performance.

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 sell any items we do not add, then invest the income into further resources.

If you wish to donate to the archive, please contact the Archivist to discuss suitability and options.

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.