Collection locations

See library homepage for general information including membership. All items are reference-only and can only be consulted within the library.


Locations are indicated on the catalogue, and can be accessed as follows. Please check locations and be aware that some items need to be requested in advance.


Items can be found at the following locations:

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 ONSITE STORE:Items marked onsite store can be requested in person at Library Enquiries, by phone 020 7862 8760 or email Request forms can be handed in at the library enquiry office or reception. Fetches will be carried out at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm on weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays.

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

Classmark guide

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. Where the last letter is doubled or trebled, this indicates an oversized volume e.g. BB or EFF. These are usually on separate oversized shelves.


  • 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.