About Senate House Library

We are the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. One of the UK's largest academic libraries for arts, humanities & social sciences.

  • 2 Million : Books
  • 50 : Special Collections
  • 1,800 : Archival collections

Click, Collect and Return Service

Pick-up and drop-off: Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm.

View video and read FAQs about using the Library's new Click, Collect and Return Service.

Senate House building

Visiting the Library during coronavirus

Senate House Library is open with limited study space for members by advance booking only, Monday to Thursday 11am-3pm.

Special Collections manuscript

Special Collections Reading Room

The Special Collections Reading Room is an invigilated space for the use of Archives and Manuscripts and printed Special Collections. Find out how to request items and book a study slot.

Banner for the Childhood in Dickensian London exhibition

Exhibition: Childhood in Dickensian London

2020 is the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death. Senate House Library’s exhibition takes you on a journey through Victorian London – from the 1830s to the turn of the 20th century. It explores the role of Dickens in creating a better childhood for us all. The free exhibition is supplemented by online events and a special online exhibition page.

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