Historic Collections

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Printed Special Collections

Special Collections
50 named Collections of printed books, pamphlets, periodicals and maps.

Archives and manuscripts

Archives and manuscripts
The University of London Archives, student and military records, plus subject archives.

Palaeography and Book Studies

Historic Collections
Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, and Book Studies.

University of London Artworks Collection

University of London artworks collection
Historic paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, silverware, ceramics, textiles, sculptures, and other artefacts.

Using the Reading Room

The Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Senate House Library.

Historic Collections has different opening times to the main Library. Find out more about our opening hours.

Please read our  guide to using the Reading Room before consulting an item.

Help with catalogues and finding aids is available. We also have information about copying & publishing and using Historic Collections for teaching resources.


Learn more about exhibitions at Senate House Library.


Visit our Historic Collections blog for news and information.

Contact us

Learn more about the specialist advice we provide. For general enquiries please send an email or phone: +44 (0)20 7862 8470