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Library users


The IHR Wohl Library supports research across a wide range of historical subjects, time periods and places.

You can find information on print and online collections. Both can be searched via the online catalogue.

Collection Locations


The library catalogue is shared across Senate House Library and the School of Advanced Study libraries.

  • You can search all libraries or limit to our collection.
  • Location begins with IHR for our holdings.
  • Location shows floor and room of open shelf items, or indicates if item is available from onsite or offsite store.
  • All items are for library-use only.

Download library user guide with more detailed floorplans.

IHR open shelf collections

The library is mostly arranged by country, with a few topical collections. The Subject guides show examples of research topics that are spread throughout collections.

Item locations are given on the catalogue. Download library user guide with more detailed floorplans.

IHR Floor 3 - Reference: Floor 3 reading room
IHR Floor 2 Wohl - Reference: Floor 2 Wohl library
IHR Floor 2 Americas - Reference: Floor 2 Americas room
IHR Floor 1 Wohl - Reference: Floor 1 Wohl library
IHR Floor 1 Foyle - Reference: Floor 1 Foyle room
IHR Floor G - Reference: Current Periodicals Room
IHR Floor LG - Reference: Lower ground reading room

IHR classmarks consist of letters (indicating collection) and numbers (indicating shelf order). Class numbers read as decimal numbers e.g. BS.253 files before BS.5. The last letter is doubled or trebled for oversized volume e.g. BB or EFF. These are usually on separate oversized shelves.

IHR onsite store

Items marked onsite store can be requested in person at Library Enquiries, by phone 020 7862 8760 or email Fetches will be carried out at set times through the day. If you can, please pre-order ahead of your visit.

IHR offsite store

Items marked offsite store will be available within 1-2 working days by pre-ordering in person at Library Enquiries, by phone 020 7862 8760 or email


  • Browse recent issues of most periodicals in the periodicals room on the ground floor. The last 3-4 years of each title is available under the flap behind the current issue.
  • Many periodicals are available electronically from PCs within the library. You can access these via links on the catalogue. Due to licence restrictions they aren't available offsite (except for IHR staff and students).
  • Some periodicals are on open access in their entirety, and the back issues are shelved near the relevant collection. These include:
    • Historical Research
    • English Historical Review
    • Scottish Historical Review
    • Past and Present
    • History
    • Archaeologia
    • Archaeological Journal
    • Journal of Ecclesiastical History
    • International history review
    • Diplomatic History
  • Record society and other source-based series are mostly on the open shelves.
  • Most back issues of periodicals are in closed-access and can be requested. There is no limit on the number of volumes. Most titles are in onsite store post-1950, and offsite prior to that, with some exceptions.
Library reader searching shelves

Research help

Contact us if you would like help on finding or using our collections. We are happy to help.