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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 about joining the Library or using our services, please get in touch via Library Live Chat or email us at: senatehouselibrary@london.ac.uk

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 about joining the Library or using our services, please get in touch via Library Live Chat or email us at: senatehouselibrary@london.ac.uk

Due to the nature of Library spaces, we will keep Covid19 rules in place until further notice, to help ensure a safe study environment for all. Find out more.

  • The Click and Collect Service: members only, by advance booking, bring your confirmation email. No appointment is required to return books during opening hours. All study space bookings are for 3hrs & must be booked online in advance.
  • You can now browse the open shelves of the Library again, our 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. 
  • Special Collections Reading Room: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10am-4pm (only via advance booking, more information).

Opening times:

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.

1st June - 28th August: Monday - Friday 9am - 5.45pm, Saturday 9.45-5.15pm

Sundays: Closed.

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

The returns box at Senate House is available Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm.

We will continue to waive fines for the duration of the lockdown.

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.