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

Visiting the Library & advice on Coronavirus

The physical Library at Senate House is currently closed. Online services such as ebooks and databases remain available (for those who have offsite access with their membership). If you have a question, please talk to us via Library Live Chat. Staff are available online and are happy to help.

Current exhibition and events

Banner for the Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition

Childhood in Dickensian London

With 2020 marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death, Senate House Library’s exhibition takes you on a journey through Victorian London from the 1830s until the turn of the 20th century, exploring the role of Dickens in creating a better childhood for us all. This free exhibition and events season runs from 20 January - 20 June 2020.


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