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Improving access: Senate House Library extends opening hours


From Monday 26 September until the end of the academic term, Senate House Library will be extending its opening hours till late on weekdays, and will be open almost all weekend.

On weekdays, the library will open at 9.00 and close at 23.00 hours (instead of 20.45) and at weekends, it will be open on Sundays as well as Saturdays - from 9.45 until 21.00. Overall, this means increasing the library’s access by 40 per cent.

Under new arrangements, the library will offer a ‘self-service’ facility during the extended opening hours, with access for current members only. Joining or re-registering for membership will only be possible when the library is staffed - until 8.45pm on weekdays and 5.15pm on Saturdays. It is unstaffed on Sundays. However, readers will be able to do most things, including borrowing and returning books, and printing or photocopying documents. 

Pete Williams, Director of Services at Senate House Library, said:

Longer opening hours have been requested by our readers for some time, and the new hours mean the library’s access will compare favourably with many other academic libraries. It is hoped that the new hours will also reflect the University’s understanding of the diverse and busy lives of its students and researchers, who rarely study on a wholly nine-to-five basis.

View the full details of the library’s new opening hours.