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Libraries and collections

The University of London boasts one of the UK's largest academic libraries for the arts, humanities and social sciences, offering an unparalleled resource for researchers in the UK and internationally. Our special collections and specialist libraries offer a wealth of unique knowledge and expertise for researchers.  

Each year, we welcome students and researchers, from our Federal Member Institutions, the rest of the UK, and around the world, who want to access these unparalleled resources. Researchers can benefit from special collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books, with particular strengths in literature and the arts, sociology, politics and economics.

Our strengths extend beyond the wealth of our materials. We are committed to offering students and researchers the structure, support and access they need to fully benefit from our collections.

Our Online Library also provides access to online books, e-journals and databases for the University’s 40,000 distance learning students. Access the Online Library.

Senate House Library

The world-renowned Senate House Library, in collaboration with the four specialist libraries in the School of Advanced Study, provide millions of books, journals and digital resources.

Services for students and researchers

Specialist libraries