Archives and manuscripts

Search for archives and manuscripts via the Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue. Use the 'Request' button to order items. View items in the Special Collections Reading Room (open weekdays, Monday to Friday, days, 10am - 4pm).

The building of Senate House

Archives and manuscripts

Search for archives and manuscripts via the Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue. Use the 'Request' button to order items. View items in the Special Collections Reading Room (open weekdays, Monday to Friday, days, 10am - 4pm).

Our archive holdings contain 1,800 collections, including the University of London student and military service archives. There's a wealth of primary research material relating to politics, society, the arts and humanities.

Free access to the archives

In addition to our regular student memberships we offer a free day ticket for researchers accessing archives and manuscripts. (This ticket is not valid for accessing other areas or resources within the Library.) Proof of address and photo ID is required.

Personal data

Although we endeavour to restrict and close any sensitive information in line with GDPR and other regulations, Senate House Library does not take responsibility for, or encourage, any misuse of personal data or information which researchers may encounter. Senate House Library expects users to access our collections in good faith, and for the benefits of their research. Senate House Library does not deliberately permit, condone, or allow any actions which would:

  • Cause a named living person in our collections any distress or discomfort.
  • Allow a named living person in our collections to be identified without their consent. 
  • Any misuse of personal data discovered in our collections that could be of detriment to a living person. 

Should Senate House Library understand that our collections are being misused, then a reader may lose access to our collections and facilities. Moreover, in order to process a patron request we will have to collect patron personal data which will be for staff use only and not made publicly accessible. This information will be kept no longer than 6 years. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any queries.