Senate House Library is the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. We offer Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Collections and Special Collections in the heart of London’s student and research community.
'The Restless Kings' written by Dr Nick Barratt, Director of SHL, Dr Nick Barratt, longlisted for 2019 Historical Writers Association prize
The Library opened in 1877, and moved to its current home at Senate House in 1937. Learn more about Library history.
For questions about strategy and planning contact a member of the Library management.
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The Library holds two main exhibitions a year with additional displays in the Membership Hall. More about exhibitions.
We offer a range of spaces for hire, to hold your own event, conference or society meeting.
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 has long encouraged voluntary work opportunities with collections for mutual benefit. Find out more about how you can get involved.