Libraries

The seven institute libraries of the School together with the Senate House Library form Senate House Libraries, one of the world's most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Over 100,000 registered readers from more than 200 countries access the services of the eight collaborating libraries each year. Their combined holdings amount to almost 3 million volumes and 12 miles of open shelf access, providing a range of material unmatched anywhere in the world in relation to their specialist subject areas.

These library collections confirm the School’s invaluable role in supporting the nation’s research and advanced study in the humanities and social sciences.

INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED LEGAL STUDIES LIBRARY
A national and international resource for legal research.

INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL STUDIES LIBRARY
An internationally renowned classical studies research library.

INSTITUTE OF COMMONWEALTH STUDIES LIBRARY
A major resource for those working on the Commonwealth or its member states.

GERMANIC STUDIES LIBRARY
100,000 volumes covering German, Austrian, and Swiss-German language and literature.

INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH LIBRARY
A comprehensive collection of printed primary sources in history.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES LIBRARY
A Latin American and Caribbean studies collection comprising over 90,000 volumes.

SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY
Providing resources to support research, to the highest international standards.

MA IN HUMAN RIGHTS

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Bursaries are available for the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-oriented human rights MA programme in the UK.

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BEING HUMAN FESTIVAL | 15–23 NOVEMBER

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This November, the School, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, will stage the UK’s first national festival of the humanities.

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