Special Collections Opening Hours

Information about using Special Collections, accessing the reading room, and service availability.

Special Collections Opening Hours

Information about using Special Collections, accessing the reading room, and service availability.

The Special Collections Reading Room is open on Tuesdays 11am-2.45pm only via advance booking. Order special collections & archives and book your study space slot by sending an email.

To comply with social distancing, study spaces are limited. Please ensure you have the email confirming your order and study space booking before travelling to Senate House and have it ready to show staff on arrival.

If you already have a pre-booked slot, please check in at the Library Membership Desk on the 4th floor of Senate House.

For general study space (outside of the Special Collections Reading Room) Senate House Library is open Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm, advance booking only (book study slots online).

A Click, Collect & Return service is also in operation to facilitate study off site. You can pick-up and drop-off your Click & Collect orders made online Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm.

Please note: Apart from the Click and Collect service and the limited Library opening (for members, by appointment), no other Library services are currently available on site.