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Reopening Study Space at Senate House Library

We're pleased to announce that Senate House Library will open limited study space for members by advance online booking only, Monday-Thursday, 11am-3pm

Reopening Study Space at Senate House Library

We're pleased to announce that Senate House Library will open limited study space for members by advance online booking only, Monday-Thursday, 11am-3pm

From Monday 21 September 2020, Senate House Library will open limited study space for members by advance online booking only, Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm. 

You can book a 3 hr study space online in advance (24 hours’ notice min. Bookings processed Monday-Friday) in one of three reading rooms open on the 4th floor.

Timed entry slots are in operation Monday–Thursday between the hours of 11am and 2.45pm to help manage social distancing. The Library will close promptly at 3pm.

New temporary SHL Check In Desk on the Ground Floor of Senate House

To help manage social distancing and for infection prevention, we have set up a new SHL Check In Desk for Study Space and the Click & Collect service on the Ground Floor of Senate House (next to the main reception desk). 

On arrival, you will need to go to the desk with your booking confirmation and membership card, before going up to the Library.

Please go to Visiting the Library during coronavirus for the links to book your seat and books in advance, as well as FAQs.

Here's a short video showing explaining how it works.

Key Points to Remember:

•    Access to the Library will not be permitted without a face covering (unless exempt), your email booking confirmation & membership card
•    The number of study spaces available may change at short notice, in response to health and safety precautions. 
•    Check In & Scan QR code to use your booked study space – we will (only) use check in information to assess demand for space, usage and for urgent service messages while on site.
•    All other areas of the Library are closed except for the 4th floor Service Hall where you can access laptops for use on site via the self-service lockers & printers for scanning/photocopying (free until 31 October).
•    Only books on the open shelves of the Library are available for study and must be ordered online in advance via Click & Collect (24 hours’ notice min. Bookings processed Monday-Friday) – on site browsing is not permitted.
•    Wash hands regularly - hand sanitiser is available at help desks & in the reading rooms 
•    Always follow social distancing rules, health advice & instructions by staff on site