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.

Partnerships

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

Exhibitions

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

Events

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.

 

Senate House Library
Senate House
University of London
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HU

Operating Hours

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

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

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

Bank Holidays
27 August – 29 August: Closed