Using the Library

Services and Facilities

Library enquiries

A member of staff is usually available in the library enquiry office, or can be contacted via reception. If you'd like an introduction to the library please visit the library office or contact us to arrange a time. Tours for groups can also be arranged. Please contact us for further information.

PC and wifi Access

Public access PCs are located around the library. Free wireless internet access is available in the IHR. Ask at library office or reception for further help.

Access for disabled users

The IHR is committed to providing a flexible service to meet people's needs. The library is accessible to wheelchair users, providing that the lift is functioning. Heavy doors and high shelving in some locations may mean that readers need to get assistance. If you would like to bring an assistant with you, we can provide access for them. You can take a virtual tour of the IHR with Google. You can navigate between floors using the floor numbers on the right hand side.

Book retrieval service

Library staff are happy to bring materials to users if they are having difficulty accessing a particular area of the library. If possible, it would be helpful if readers could request this in advance.

Assistive equipment and technology

  • An Adjustable Table is available on the first floor. Please contact library staff (via library office or reception) if you will need to use this.
  • Two 'daylight' lamps with magnifying lens are available from the library office. Please ask staff if you need help setting these up or moving them to your preferred location.

Library leaflets and guides

Library leaflets can be made available in larger sizes. Please ask in library office or email if you have any special requirements.

Photocopying assistance

Library staff are able to assist users who are having difficulty using the photocopiers. If staff are unable to help immediately, copies can be posted or collected at a later stage. Please go to the library office or ask the receptionist to contact the duty librarian to arrange this.

Please let us know if there are any other aspects of the library which you feel could be improved on. Library staff are happy to help users with individual requirements.

Please also see the general IHR disability statement.

Inter-library loans

See further information about theses.

For readers

The Library will try to borrow or obtain copies of material for readers if it is not available in London. Fees are charged for these loans and as these are not subsidised you may find it cheaper to use a public library or your own university library if you have one. Most UK theses are now only available through the EThOS (Electronic Theses Online) service.

For other libraries

We do not lend items in our collection to other libraries, but may be able to provide photocopies. We charge in line with British Library charges and can accept payment through the British Library account system, using IFLA vouchers or by supplying a pro-forma invoice. To request this, please email

Requests for inter-library loans of University of London theses should be made through the EThOS (Electronic Theses Online) service.