About Senate House Library

We are the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. One of the UK's largest academic libraries for arts, humanities & social sciences.

  • 2 Million : Books
  • 50 : Special Collections
  • 1,800 : Archival collections

New Click, Collect and Return Service

Pick-up and drop-off only: Mon-Weds, 11am-3pm.

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Exhibition: Childhood in Dickensian London

2020 is the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death. Senate House Library’s exhibition takes you on a journey through Victorian London – from the 1830s to the turn of the 20th century. It explores the role of Dickens in creating a better childhood for us all. The free exhibition is supplemented by online events and a special online exhibition page.

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