Visiting the Library & advice on Coronavirus

Find information on the closure of the Library and online resources you can access during this time...

The Library is closed until further notice in response to official public health advice.

We will continue to monitor the news and official public health updates daily to tailor our services accordingly, in coordination with the central university. 

We ask that you keep an eye on the latest updates on this page and via our Twitter feed over the coming weeks.

Online Library Services for members:

To mitigate the impact on services and accessibility, we have extended auto-renewals so that 2 week loans renew 10 times and 4 week loans renew 5 times before needing to return the items.

If you have items on loan, you will not be charged any fines for items that are recalled (and non-renewable) during – or immediately after - our closure period.

We also have thousands of online journals and e-resources which you can access through the catalogue remotely (you will need to log on to your library account to do so).

If you have any queries about Library services, please contact us at We will continue to monitor all SHL inboxes while the building is closed.

Next week we will be piloting our new WebChat service & launching new online resource guides - watch this space!

Exhibitions & Events:

The onsite exhibition is now closed to the public until further notice. We do have our online exhibition site so you can still enjoy the image galleries, blogs and videos of the Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition. 

The Dickens's London Legacy Walking Tours will be postponed until another date (to be determined - even if that is some months away). If you would prefer, we can give you a full refund - please select the refund/cancel option directly on the Eventbrite booking page.

Important advice on the Coronavirus:

FAQs on the University of London website can be found here


Last updated: 25 March 2020