30 minutes before closing

The Membership desk is closed. Entry into the Library is only possible with a valid Library card.

15 minutes before closing

Access into the Library is not possible. All floors, services and facilities are closed.

Special Collections

The Reading Room opens 30 minutes later on weekdays, and closes 15 minutes earlier, than the rest of the Library.

On Saturdays, the Reading Room opens at the same time as the rest of the Library, but it closes between 13:00 and 14:00, and closes 15 minutes earlier at the end of the day.

Operating hours for the Library

For returning books, an out of hours book returns box is available on the ground floor of Senate House next to the reception desk.

DateMonday - ThursdayFridaySaturday
Term Dates 2019 - 20 
23 September - 14 December09:00 – 20:4509:00 – 18:1509:45 – 17:15
27 November (Foundation Day)CLOSED  
16 December - 20 December09:00 – 17:4509:00 – 17:4509:45 – 17:15
21 December - 1 JanuaryCLOSED 
2 January - 5 January09:00 – 17:4509:00 – 17:4509:45 – 17:15
6 January - 8 April09:00 – 20:4509:00 – 18:1509:45 – 17:15
    
9 April & 14 April (Maundy Thursday & Easter Tuesday)09.45 – 17.15 
10 April - 13 April (Good Friday - Easter Monday)CLOSED 
15 April - 7 May09:00 – 20:4509:00 – 18:1509:45 – 17:15
8 May (May day)09:45 – 17:15  
9 May - 23 May09:00 – 20:4509:00 – 18:1509:45 – 17:15
25 May (Spring Bank Holiday)CLOSED  
26 May - 30 May09:00 – 20:4509:00 – 18:1509:45 – 17:15
    
Summer Vacation Hours 
1 June - 28 August09:00 – 17:4509:00 – 17:4509:45 – 17:15

29 August - 31 August (Summer Bank Holiday)

CLOSED

 

1 September - 26 September09:00 – 17:4509:00 – 17:4509:45 – 17:15