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Senate House Library

Opening hours

Check when Senate House Library is open for your visit.

Daily opening hours

Term-time opening hours from Monday 25 September 2023 to Sunday 2 June 2024. Please note that during self-service hours, some services are unavailable.

Current dailyOpening hoursStaffed hours Self-service hours 
Monday - Friday09:00 - 23:0009:00 - 19:0019:00 - 23:00
Saturday09:45 - 21:0009:45 - 17:0017:00 - 21:00
Sunday09:45 - 21:00Unstaffed09:45 - 21:00

Special Collections opening hours

Due to the specialist nature of the service provided, the Special Collections Reading Room operates reduced hours to the main Library:

Special Collections Reading Room
DayOpening hoursStaffed hours
Monday - Tuesday11:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:00
Wednesday11:00 – 19:0011:00 – 19:00
Thursday - Friday11:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:00

Changes to opening hours and closure dates

Bank holidays 2024Opening hoursStaffed hours
Monday 27 MayClosedClosed
Saturday 24 August - Monday 26 AugustClosedClosed

Summer opening hours  

Summer opening hours from Monday 3 June to Sunday 22 September 2024. Please note that during self-service hours, some services are unavailable.

DayOpening hoursStaffed hours Self-service hours 
Monday - Friday09:00 - 23:0009:00 - 17:0017:00 - 23:00
Saturday09:45 - 21:0009:45 - 17:0017:00 - 21:00
Sunday09:45 - 21:00Unstaffed09:45 - 21:00