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Using the Library

View the service updates page for the latest information regarding service availability and access to the Library.

Visit the main Library Catalogue to find books, check your Library account, or login to PaperCut (print service).

If you have a question you can speak to us using the Library Live Chat (located in the top right hand corner of this page), search FAQs at LibAnswers, use our contact formemail us or speak to a member of staff at a service point. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Readers in the Library

Using the Library

View the service updates page for the latest information regarding service availability and access to the Library.

Visit the main Library Catalogue to find books, check your Library account, or login to PaperCut (print service).

If you have a question you can speak to us using the Library Live Chat (located in the top right hand corner of this page), search FAQs at LibAnswers, use our contact formemail us or speak to a member of staff at a service point. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have.

  • Online services are available.
  • The Click and Collect Service is open Monday to Thursday 11am - 3pm for pick-up and drop-off (members only, by advance booking).
  • Limited study space is available, Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm (members only, by online booking).
  • The Special Collections reading room is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 2.45pm (bookings via email).  
  • Library Live Chat and email support are provided by staff, weekdays, 9am-5pm.
  • The returns box at Senate House is available Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm.
  • IT Drop-in Sessions
  • We will continue to waive fines for the duration of the lockdown.
  • There will be no carrel bookings until further notice.
  • If you have a question about joining the Library or using our services, please get in touch via Library Live Chat or email us at: senatehouselibrary@london.ac.uk
To ensure a safe study environment, we ask members to stay SAFE.

To ensure a safe study environment, we ask members to stay SAFE:

  • Stay alert: check our website or social media for the latest updates before travelling.
  • Always maintain social distancing of 2 metres when seated and moving around the building.
  • Face coverings are to be worn at all times in all Library spaces, unless you hold a valid exemption card.
  • Everyday kindness: collaborate with staff to calmly respond to changes that ensure your safety.