The IHR Library reopened on the 3rd floor of the Senate House South Block on 3rd August, as planned.  During the move process extra space for books became available.  This meant that the Welsh, Byzantine and main Spanish collections were added to the material available on open access.

Books and journals are now held in three locations – open access, onsite store and offsite store.  The online catalogue clearly indicates where individual items are held.  An overview of which collections are located where can also be found here: and on noticeboards in the Library.  Items marked onsite store can be requested in person, by phone or email.  Request forms can be handed in at the library enquiry office or reception. Fetches will be carried out at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm on weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays.  Items marked offsite store will be available within 1-2 working days by pre-ordering in person, by phone or email.

As before, the Library has desks, computer, microform and printing facilities, and also now has the benefit of being located in an area which has been recently refurbished.  IHR reception staff continue to be present at the entrance, which is now shared with the Institute of Classical Studies Library.

We expect to operate in this location for the next two academic years, during which time the IHR’s North Block home will undergo a long overdue full rewire and refurbishment.

If you have any questions or queries please contact us on or on 020 7862 8760.

We look forward to seeing you in our new premises.


Jennifer Higham

IHR Librarian