Book a study space in the Library

Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm, via online booking only.

Senate House

Book a study space in the Library

Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm, via online booking only.

Education is an essential public service and so the Library will continue to operate a limited service for members during lockdown and while there are coronavirus related restrictions in place.

We are providing a Click & Collect Service for offsite study.

Onsite study spaces are available for Library members (by advance online booking only) Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm.

You can book a 3 hour study space online in advance. Bookings are processed Monday-Friday. Timed entry slots are in operation Monday and Tuesday only, between the hours of 11am and 2.45pm to help manage social distancing. The Library will close promptly at 3pm.

The check in desk (Welcome Desk) is on the 4th floor of Senate House (South Block). Please ensure that you have your booking confirmation and membership card, before going up to the Library. 

Here's a short video (3 mins)showing you how it all works and the changes made for your safety.  

Key points to remember: 

  • Access to the Library will not be permitted without a face covering (unless exempt), your email booking confirmation and membership card.  
  • The number of study spaces available may change at short notice, in response to health and safety precautions.  
  • Check In & Scan QR code to use your booked study space – we will (only) use check in information to assess demand for space, usage and for urgent service messages while on site.
  • All other areas of the Library are closed except for the 4th floor Service Hall where you can access laptops for use on site via the self-service lockers & printers for scanning/photocopying (free until 31 January 2021).
  • Only books on the open shelves of the Library are available for study and must be ordered online in advance via Click & Collect (Bookings processed Monday-Friday) - on site browsing is not permitted. 
  • Wash hands regularly - hand sanitiser is available at all help desks and in the reading rooms  
  • Always follow social distancing rules, health advice and instructions by staff on site
  • Senate House Library staff will check your booking on arrival and may change your seat allocation. This is to ensure adequate social distancing & the safest study environment possible for all readers while onsite. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, we may upgrade your study space to a carrel & advise on alternative ways to access services to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

FAQs

How do I book a space?

You can book a study space online for one of three staggered time slots in reading rooms, once logged into your Library account via the catalogue. 

Orders and bookings for study space in Special Collections are not currently available . Arrangements for Special Collections are managed separately via email: shl.specialcollections@london.ac.uk.

How far ahead can I book in advance?

You can book a study space online up to 14 days in advance and slots are available on the day (subject to availability). All bookings must be done in advance of your arrival onsite. 

Can I book on behalf of someone else/more than one seat?

No. You can only book one study space per day through logging into your Library account.  

How do I check in for my confirmed booking slot?

  1. Check in at the new temporary SHL Check In Desk on the Ground Floor of Senate House (next to the main reception).  
  2. When staff have confirmed your booking and you’ve collected any pre-ordered books, you can make your way up to the 4th floor where staff will show you to the reading room where desks are clearly numbered. 
  3. Scan the QR code on the desk to confirm that you are on site. Scan the QR code on the desk to confirm that you are on site. We will only use check in information to assess demand for space, usage and urgent service messages while on site.

We will (only) use check in information to assess demand for space, usage and for urgent service messages while on site. 

How do I find my study space?

  1. Check in at the new temporary SHL Check In Desk on the Ground Floor of Senate House (next to the main reception).  
  2. When staff have confirmed your booking and you’ve collected any pre-ordered books, you can make your way up to the 4th floor where staff will show you to the reading room where desks are clearly numbered.
  3. Scan the QR code on the desk to confirm that you are on site.

We will (only) use check in information to assess demand for space, usage and for urgent service messages while on site.

Can I extend my booking slot?

No. Only 3 hour study slots are available. The timed entry on your confirmed booking must be followed to help manage social distancing on site. Staff will close the reading rooms at the stated finish time on your booking.

Do I have to wear a face covering/gloves once in the Library? 

Access to the Library will not be permitted without a face covering (unless exempt). You are required to wear a face covering to access Senate House and while in the Library space. Gloves are not required.

What do I need to bring with me?

Access to the Library will not be permitted without a face covering (unless exempt), your email booking confirmation and membership card. 

We also recommend bringing your own water bottle because the water fountain has been removed for infection prevention. No food or drink, other than water, is allowed in the Library and there are no food/drink facilities open elsewhere in the building. 

What areas and services are open/available?

We are reopening limited study space only, in line with social distancing measures, starting with 3 reading rooms (Goldsmiths, Middlesex North & Middlesex South) and the Service Hall on the 4th floor. All other areas are closed.

When will the Library reopen completely?

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing, we are unable to confirm when the Library will be able to reopen completely. The number of study spaces and services available is reviewed regularly and may change at short notice, in response to health and safety precautions.  

Senate House Library and teams across University of London continue to work hard to implement changes to operations, in line with the latest health and safety advice to reduce the spread of coronavirus, with the aim of reopening access and services. 

Can I bring food & drink on site?

Apart from water, no other food or drink is allowed in the Library. We recommend bringing your own water bottle because the water fountain has been removed for infection prevention and there are no food/drink facilities open in the building. 

How do I get books for study on site? 

All books for study on site must be ordered online in advance (24 hours minimum notice) via Click & Collect on the catalogue (the same for off site study). Only books on the open shelves of Senate House Library are available for use.  

If you have a study space booking confirmed, you can collect your pre-ordered books at the same as you check in via the new temporary Check In & Click & Collect desk on the Ground Floor, next to the main reception desk, of Senate House.

How do I return books when my study slot has ended?

Please leave any books you want to return on your desk. When the reading room has been vacated, Staff will collect, process and quarantine all books (for 72 hours) left on the desks.

How do I contact the Library with any issues or concerns while on site?

If you have any issues or concerns while on site, please protect yourself and others from the coronavirus by contacting a member of staff on site or via Library Live Chat on our website.

Will Click & Collect still be available?

Yes. The Click & Collect service is the ONLY way to access books for study on site and off site. The Click & Collect Service desk is located on the Ground Floor, next to the main reception desk, and is open for pick-up and drop-off, Monday-Thursday from 11am-3pm (24 hours notice minimum required. Orders processed Monday-Friday).

Can I use e-resources on site?

Yes. The full collection of Senate House Library e-resources is available on site. Laptops are available to access e-resources, if you do not have your own device with you on site, via the Self-Service Lockers in the Service Hall on the 4th floor.

Can I use printing and scanning services on site?

Yes. Printers in the Service Hall on the 4th Floor are available for printing, photocopying and scanning (free until 31 January 2021).

Can I access Special Collections/Archives?

The Special Collections reading room is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 2.45pm (bookings via email).

To comply with social distancing, study spaces are limited and advance booking is needed.

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. Check in first at the new temporary Ground Floor Check In Desk before going up to the Library on the fourth floor. 

Senate House Library and teams across University of London continue to work hard to implement changes to operations, in line with the latest health and safety advice to reduce the spread of coronavirus, with the aim of reopening full access and services. The health and safety of members, staff and visitors is our top priority and services will adapt accordingly, which may be at short notice.  

Are the private carrel spaces available to book?

Private carrel study spaces are not currently available.

When they do become available again hire a carrel via the carrel booking system online.

For general study space in the reading rooms, booking is via the new online advance booking system.

Is the exhibition reopening? 

Senate House Library is reopening limited study space only, starting with 3 reading rooms on the 4th floor (Goldsmiths, Middlesex South & Middlesex North). All other areas of the Library are closed.  

Senate House Library will continue to review services on offer for members with a view to opening up more spaces and services, in line with health and safety precautions while the pandemic continues. The health and safety of members, staff and visitors is our top priority.