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We are delighted to announce that from June until the end of September 2018, we will be updating services and public spaces on the 4th floor to revamp the library.

This is to make the library more accessible and create more study space for the start of the next academic year, in response to developing study needs and feedback from SHL Surveys.

The work, planned to take place over 8-10 weeks in the summer (after exam time), is the first phase of a longer term strategy to look at all floors of the library to enhance services, navigation and create more flexible study spaces over the next few years.

The first phase of works that will be taking place this summer, only concerns the main welcome and service areas on the fourth floor and so there will be no significant changes to the main library rooms (Goldsmiths, Sterling, Middlesex, Periodicals or Seng Tee Lee). There may be some noise disruption during this time but we will do our best to ensure this is kept to a minimum and inform you in advance.

Be part of the new vision for Senate House Library – onsite or online!

We have been working through your feedback to develop the vision for the first phase of updates to the library, conserving heritage assets while developing spaces for study. We’d like to invite you to contribute to that vision…

Please join us onsite at Senate House Library on Monday 26 March 2018 to learn about the strategy and plans and give your feedback. For the onsite sessions, refreshments will be provided so booking is required - please select the relevant session by clicking on the below buttons:


At the onsite sessions, you will be able to meet with Studio Downie Architects and MetaValue consultants who have worked with us on the vision. Both Studio Downie and MetaValue have previously helped to transform various arts, heritage and public institutions. 

Online feedback:

If you cannot make the session at the Library, you can provide feedback online by clicking on the relevant button below:


Sign up for a Walking Tour  

Following the vision feedback, there will be Walking Tours to help visualise the future updates to the Library. These are scheduled for Monday 23 April and Tuesday 24 April and are open to both staff and Library users. Booking essential - please sign up here.

Keeping up to date with Library revamp:

We would like to make the most of this opportunity to update library services and spaces and very much welcome your feedback to ensure we do everything possible to consider all views and requirements.

Follow the Library News page and @SenateHouseLib on social media to keep up to date with the latest developments and ways in which you can provide feedback.