The British Library in London, provides access to:
EThOS (electronic theses)
Subject guides: explaining the resources for specific subjects.
A reading room to view reference only materials (Follow this link to apply for a reader pass)
Check your local university library to see what services are offered to the general public: is there walk-in access to electronic resources or can the building be used?
Make use of your local public library. For example, the Library of Birmingham in Broad Street is one of 37 public libraries run by Birmingham City Council. You can join by visiting any of the Council's libraries with proof of your name and current address.
Across the UK, public libraries operate services such as: