Institute of Historical Research Library

The Library, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Senate House, Malet Street, London  WC1E 7HU

(020) 7862 8760


Senate House South Block, 3rd floor

Hours of opening:

Term and Vacations:

Monday - Friday 0900 - 2045  (last admission 2030)
Saturday  0930 - 1715  (last admission 1700)
Closed on Public Holidays


Membership of the Institute is available free of charge to staff and postgraduate students of EU universities and of other foreign universities which subscribe to its Annual Payments Scheme. A fee is payable by other individuals. All users are asked to register individually.  Forms can be filled in on the spot. Day tickets are issued to members of the public (including University of London undergraduates) who wish to consult material not otherwise available in London. No borrowing is allowed. 

Reader places:


Librarian in charge:

Kate Wilcox (Acting Librarian)

Staff availability:

Member of staff on duty throughout opening hours.


The library’s holdings are included in the on-line catalogue of the Senate House Libraries at


Own scheme


c.176,000 volumes

Special collections or strengths:

The library collects printed primary sources, bibliographies, guides to archives, periodicals and reference works covering the history of Western Europe and its expansion overseas from the fall of the Roman Empire. It does not normally collect secondary monographs.

Additional facilities:

Wireless internet access. Networked electronic resources and printing. Self-service photocopying. Microform readers and printer. Introductory talks are available by arrangement.