The Dream Becomes Reality

Senate House Library’s latest exhibition and season of events opens on 3 October - Utopia and Dystopia: Dreaming the Future.

3 Oct 2016

Online pre-registration

The new academic year is here and hundreds of students and researchers, old and new, are registering to use Senate House Library.
30 Sep 2016

Welcome City, University of London

Senate House Library extends a warm welcome to City, University of London which joins the University of London today (01/09/16).

1 Sep 2016

Our history

The Library opened in 1838, and moved to its current home at Senate House in 1937. Learn more about Library history.

Library management

For questions about strategy and planning contact a member of the Library management.

Contact us

View the list of staff contacts.


We are a member of SCONULM25 Consortium of Academic LibrariesLIBER, CERL, and a founding member of Research Libraries UK. More about partnerships.


The Library holds two main exhibitions a year with additional displays in the Membership Hall. More about exhibitions.


A regular schedule of School of Advanced Study events are held at Senate House, as well as library events.

We offer a range of spaces for hire, to hold your own event, conference or society meeting.

Library Friends

The Friends run a programme of talks, lectures, seminars, visits, socials and book groups over the academic session, membership of which entitles you to free admission. Visits are normally open only to Members. Learn more about the Friends.

Volunteering with us

Senate House Library has long encouraged voluntary work opportunities with collections for mutual benefit. Find out more about how you can get involved.


Senate House Library
Senate House
University of London
Malet Street

Operating Hours

(Entry to the Library ceases 15 minutes before the times below.)

Main Library
Monday – Thursday: 09:00 – 20:45
Friday: 09:00 – 18:15
Saturday: 09:45 – 17:15
Sunday: Closed

Special Collections
Monday – Tuesday: 09:30 – 17:45
Wednesday: 09:30 – 20:45
Thursday – Friday: 09:30 – 17:45
Saturday: 09:45 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00
Sunday: Closed