From 12 April, the Library will be open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm with more study spaces available across floors 4-7. All study space bookings are for 3hrs & must be booked online in advance.

You can now browse the open shelves of the Library again, are books are available for onsite study and to borrow in most cases. Please ensure you book a 3-hour study slot to use the library whether you need to stay and study or just browse and borrow. This is to ensure that we can monitor occupancy and avoid over-crowding.

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

You can book a 3 hour study space online in advance. Bookings are processed Monday-Friday. The Library will close promptly at 4pm.

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.
  • You can now browse the open shelves of the Library again, are books are available for onsite study and to borrow in most cases. Please ensure you book a 3-hour study slot to use the library whether you need to stay and study or just browse and borrow. This is to ensure that we can monitor occupancy and avoid over-crowding.
  • Visit the 4th floor Service Hall where you can access laptops for use on site via the self-service lockers & printers for scanning/photocopying.
  • 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.

If you have a question about using our services, please get in touch via Library Live Chat or email us at: senatehouselibrary@london.ac.uk

FAQs

How do I book a space?

You can book a study space online, once logged into your Library account via the catalogue. 

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. 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.
  2. 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. 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. 

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 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.

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.

Can I access Special Collections/Archives?

The Special Collections reading room is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am - 3.45pm (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?

Yes. Book a Carrel.

For general study space in the reading rooms, booking is via 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.