About us


About us

Senate House Library is the central library for the University of London, and the home library for the School of Advanced Study. We offer Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Collections and Special Collections in the heart of London’s student and research community.

Members have access to millions of books and journals, plus digital resources, beautiful study spaces, and free notebook and iPad loans (within the Library). Visit the Collections page to learn more about our holdings.

Our history

The Library opened in 1838, two years after the University of London was founded. We moved to our current home at Senate House, the home of the University of London, in 1937. Find out more.

Senior staff

If you have a question about Library governance or if you are interested in working with us, please contact a member of the senior staff.

Contact us

Get in touch with a member of staff – view list of contacts.


We are a member of SCONULM25 Consortium of Academic LibrariesLIBER, CERL, and a founding member of Research Libraries UK. Find out more.


The Library holds two main exhibitions a year with additional displays in the Membership Hall, often in conjunction with conferences held in, and around, Senate House. More information.


A regular schedule of School of Advanced Study events are held at Senate House – this includes events held by the Library, as well as events facilitated by us. Learn more.

We also offer a range of spaces for hire, to hold events, conferences and annual meetings.

Library Friends

The Friends run a programme of talks, lectures, seminars, visits, socials and book groups over the academic session, membership of which entitles you to free admission. Visits are normally open only to Members. Find out more.