Senate House Library

We are the University of London's central library and the home library for the School of Advanced Study.

Senate House Library is a world-class academic research Library, located in Bloomsbury, Central London. It is the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. The library houses and cares for more than 2 million books and 1,200 archival collections, it is one of the UK’s largest academic libraries focused on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It holds a we

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Senate House Library is seeking a motivated and experienced person to act as a Supervisor within the Customer Services team and to manage SHL’s Document Supply services and support for disabled and dyslexic readers:

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The newly donated of Paul & Adelaide Joseph, activists & friends of , is the focus of our 2022 being held online Tuesday 7 June 18:30-19:30.

We are delighted to have Nadia Joseph present her parents’ archive at the event in conversation with Dr Richard Espley, Head of Modern Collections at Senate House Library & Dr Sue Onslow, Acting Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

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Customer Services Supervisor (Accessibility and Document Supply) : London Senate House 01/06/2022

We're recruiting for a Customer Services Supervisor to manage Senate House Library Document Supply services & support for disabled and dyslexic readers. Closing date: 19/06/2022.

Find out more & apply online via University of London job pages:

Customer Services Supervisor (Accessibility and Document Supply) : London Senate House The University of London is one of the largest and most diverse higher education institutions in the world. With a mission to transform lives through knowledge, it delivers high quality academic programmes, brings benefits to society through its research in the humanities and social sciences, and le...

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Researching your next book or want to get ahead with studies? Get our Summer Membership offer:

For just £30, access 2 million+ & study in our heritage reading rooms June, July & Aug - the equivalent of just 38p per day!


Join our Research and Content Lead, Nadia Joseph, presenting Senate House Library ‘s new collection, the Paul & Adelaide Joseph Archive for this year’s Holden Lecture.

This 📷 from the collection shows Paul Joseph (furthest right) and other anti-apartheid campaigners leaving Pretoria Central Prison in August 1962.

Nadia will be in conversation with Senate House Library’s Head of Modern Collections, Richard Espley. Closing remarks with additional context will be made by Dr. Sue Onslow, Acting Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

7th June 2022
18.30 - 19.30 GMT

Free to register and open to general audiences, the registration link can be found on Senate House Library’s exhibition and event page at Https://

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Senate House Library is proud to hold all four folios of the works of dating back to 1623 in our - and a piece of tree once believed to be planted by him!

Read about Shakespeare's tree in the article in University of London's WC1E magazine:

Explore our Metamorphosis online exhibition & resources:

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Need help with your dissertation proposal? Our Librarians are here to help.

Book a 1-2-1 advice session online for support tailored to you & explore videos, guides, workshops & webinars at :

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This week, our VC Professor CBE is visiting to meet , Donors & University partners & will be presiding over graduation ceremonies for our newest cohort of graduates.


Join British Psychological Society & Senate House Library online Thursday 28 April 10:30-15:15 GMT for the annual Psychology Research Day!

Featuring talks from leading researchers, plus resources & careers advice from PsyPAG for grads & early career

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Here is something you wouldn't expect to find in a library - a rapping hand from a séance c.1930s.

This item comes from the archives of psychic investigator Harry Price. This creepy item is a rapping hand from the 1930s and was used during séances to contact the dead. The carved wooden hand was operated pneumatically and taps, for example, one for yes and two for no, in answer to questions.

Harry Price travelled to various places across the UK and Europe on request to test various claims of another world and this item gives a great insight into the ‘theatre’ involved in séances. It is just one of a number of interesting items relating to the occult in Senate House Library.

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📸 Rapping Hand c. 1930s from the Harry Price collection at Senate House Library. © University of London

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