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Need any help using the library? Want to get the most out of the print and electronic collections?

Visit us at Library Enquiries on floor 1, email ihr.library@sas.ac.uk or phone 020 7862 8760. You can also book a tour or training session.

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Your student ID card can be used to access Senate House Library and the School of Advanced Study libraries. Some libraries have separate membership arrangements but you’ll need your card as ID. 

You may also need to visit other UK libraries during your research. Most will allow access with proof of your student status.

Research students, staff and Fellows can apply for SCONUL Access, to enable some borrowing access to other libraries, see below.

Find out more about the IHR library collections, including collection guides and locations. 

For MA Garden History students there is a Garden History guide.

The libraries provide access to a wide-range of electronic resources.  You can access these resources via links from the catalogue or the library websites. Download e-resources user guide.

For a full list of e-resources, see http://senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/our-collections/databases-and-eresources. Follow the links from the catalogue or list to get access. Offsite access is available for IHR staff, students and fellows and you will be asked to enter the barcode from your university ID card. See below for different arrangements for Historic Digimap.

Contact IHR library enquiry office on 020 7862 8760 or ihr.library@sas.ac.uk with any queries, or if you would like to arrange a training session.

Historic Digimap provides access to historic Ordnance Survey maps, see further coverage information. Access arrangements are different from the other electronic resources.

IHR staff and students can login with your university username (the first part of your email address) and password. Please follow the instructions below.
IHR Fellows should contact the IHR library enquiry office about access. Due to licence restrictions access is not available to other IHR members.

  • Go to http://digimap.edina.ac.uk
  • Click to 'Log in'
  • Select or type ‘University of London’ under organisation and ‘Continue’. Choose the one that is simply 'University of London' not any of the other variations.
  • Login with your university username (first part of email address) and password.
  • You will need to complete the short registration form the first time you use it.

Please could you also note the following important requirement for the Digimap licence: “Students and members of staff do not qualify as Authorised Users for the duration of any extended period of study or teaching abroad at an overseas campus, where extended period means any period of one academic term or longer”. Please could you therefore contact the IHR library (ihr.library@sas.ac.uk) if this applies to you so that we can temporarily remove access for the period. Access will be audited and failing to comply with the licence terms can lead to fines and withdrawal of access for everyone.

You can copy, print and scan across most of the School of Advanced Study libraries and Senate House Library using a University of London printing account. See further information or ask at a library enquiry point.

We may be able to order items from other libraries if they are not easily available in London. For further information contact Library Enquiries.

Wifi Access is available across the central university buildings. See http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/using-the-library/help/connect-wifi, pick up a leaflet at the reception or ask at the library enquiry points.

SCONUL Access allows research students (including MRes), staff and Fellows to use collections at other libraries that belong to the scheme. Applications can be made on the SCONUL access website:

  • Step 1 Kind of user: Select the relevant PhD category (for PhD and MRes students) or 'Academic and support staff' (for staff and fellows).
  • Step 2 List of institutions: Select ‘Institute of Historical Research, University of London’.

Applying for access to one SCONUL member library will supply you with an approval email that can be used at any of the eligible libraries. MA students aren’t eligible for this scheme but will often be able to get reference-access.