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Opening Hours

7 January - 27 March 2013

Spring Term 2013 hours

Monday - Thursday: 09.00 - 21.00
Friday: 09.00 - 18.30
Saturday: 09.45 - 17.30
Sunday: Closed

Please note:

  • Services, floors and reading rooms close 15 minutes before advertised closing time.
  • Last admission is 15 minutes before advertised closing time.

How to find us

Please view the Bloomsbury map (PDF, 1.2MB), which includes Senate House and nearby public transport.

Alumni Plus

Alumni Plus offers University of London graduates a borrowing allowance of eight books at a time and access to JSTOR.

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Private Study Carrels

University of London PhD/MPhil students and faculty are able to rent private study rooms in the Library.

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Wireless Instructions

To connect to our Uol-Open wireless network please follow our instructions here

If you are a Windows user, ask for the connection Dongle at the Informtion Desk in the Library Services Hall

Welcome to Senate House Library

Senate House Libraries, University of London constitute one of the world's most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The eight collaborating libraries, at Senate House and for the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study together provide services to over 100,000 registered readers every year, from Colleges of the University and from the UK and international research base.

Located in the centre of London and with a strong online presence, Senate House Libraries deliver essential services to individuals, research teams, students and partners from almost 200 countries. Read more >

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New Publication

Director's Choice

Extraordinary books, specially selected from the Collections by Christopher Pressler

Director's Choice

Christopher Pressler, Director of Senate House Libraries, takes us on a personal journey through the Collections, sharing fascinating, rare and valuable books, folios and private letters, including: 'The Game of Chess' (1483) printed by William Caxton (Britain's first printer and bookseller), Karl Marx's 'Das Kapital', ‘Hocus Pocus Junior' (1634) a rare illustrated book about conjuring, an early quarto of Shakespeare's 'Othello' (1630), ‘The illustrated Bible’ (circa 1870) only slightly larger than a one-penny coin, a copy of J. M. Barrie’s inspirational 'Courage' - and many more. Each item in this book is vividly brought to life with an insightful, sometimes humorous, sometimes touching, overview.

Available from Amazon, Waterstones and other leading booksellers.

An accompanying exhibition will be held in the Library between 16 July and 19 December 2012.

Director's Choice: Illusions, Illustrations and the Illustrious

Exhibits range from miniature books to painted set designs, from a fifteenth-century music textbook via a Victorian book of valentines to a twentieth-century literary manuscript, and from books annotated by the great and good to packs of telepatha cards.

July 2012 sees the publication of the first book for several decades dedicated to collections at Senate House Library, Director’s Choice. This is one man’s – the Director’s – selection of favourite items at Senate House Library. Some books selected are financially valuable, exceptionally rare, obviously iconic, or a combination of two at least of these three. Others are not. A major criterion for selection was an element of surprise; books and manuscripts that one would not necessarily expect to find in the library.

The exhibition runs from the 16th of July to the 19th of December 2012. Entry is free to the public.

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Joining the Library

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Most University of London students and staff may join Senate House Library free of charge. For further information please visit our membership pages

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Birkberk College

Birkbeck College Students and academic staff must obtain a proof of eligibility form PRIOR to visiting Senate House Library. Further information is available on our membership pages or from the Birkbeck Library Help Desk.


LSHTM Students must obtain a proof of eligibility form PRIOR to visiting Senate House Library. Further information is available on our membership pages or from the LSHTM Library Help Desk.

Day, week and other memberships are available for Private Researchers

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