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Senate House Library rolls out user-driven improvements


Senate House Library has rolled out a series of new services and improvements over the past year in direct response to feedback from users in the annual Senate House Library user survey.

Virtual Reading Room 

In September, we launched a Virtual Reading Room service. Making use of visualiser technology which shares high-quality images in real-time with remote users, the service allows researchers to consult our Special Collections and Archives, no matter where they are based.

Bookable group study spaces in BLOOM@Senate House

In November, we opened four new bookable group study rooms within the lower ground floor study area, BLOOM@Senate House. Each room has capacity for 6-10 people with a screen that can be connected to wirelessly.

New seating and space for collaborative and individual study on the 4th floor

In December, we opened a redesigned area just inside the 4th-floor entrance, perfect for collaborative studying or relaxing solo work.

Desktop delivery service

In February, we launched a free scanning and delivery service that allows you to get electronic copies of book chapters and journal articles sent directly to your inbox.

Upgraded laptop loans service

Also in February, we upgraded the laptops we offer for use within the Library. We now have sixty Dell Latitude 5440 laptops that can be borrowed for up to one day at a time and used anywhere in the building.

Digital wayfinding service

More recently we introduced a new digital wayfinding service powered by Mazemap. The innovative tool is available through the Senate House Library app or website

Popular exhibitions

In the last few months, we have also curated and hosted two significant exhibitions, showcasing the richness and breadth of our special collections: Shakespeare’s First Folios  and Seized Books!