The Charles Holden Lecture 2016 – Senate House Library: Rise of the Phoenix. Tuesday 1 March, 6pm.

For the 2016 Charles Holden Lecture Jackie Marfleet, Senate House Librarian, examines the history of the Library, and explores the opportunities and challenges it faces.

Movement of collections: January – April 2016

As a result of redevelopment work within Senate House, some of the Library’s collections that are currently held in closed access stores on-site will be moving to off-site third party storage. During this period we will let you know which books are being moved, with regular updates on the website and social media. The catalogue will be altered to reflect new locations for relevant material. Learn more about why the moves are taking place, or view a detailed schedule.

Current exhibition

Not with words but with things: objects and their meaning in an academic library. 18 January – 22 March.

This exhibition showcases remarkable objects held by the Library, to support teaching, to record the history of the University of London, to honour their original owners, or kept as curiosities.

From the blog


With assistance from The Leverhulme Trust, the Library has appointed Hannah Thompson as our artist in residence for 2016. Hannah’s sound and music artworks will explore change at Senate House, in the Library, and the physical extensions of UCL and SOAS into the building.

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