Senate House Library

Goldsmiths students and staff are entitled to free membership to Senate House Library which is the central library for the University of London and the School of Advanced Study.

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Senate House Library is one of the UK's largest academic libraries for arts, humanities and social sciences with over 2 million books, 50 special collections and 1,800 archival collections.

Senate House Library


Goldsmiths students and staff (including Emeritus Professors) can self-register for instant access to most of Senate House Library’s databases and e-resources by following the steps on our Library Guide here.

After self-registering you may visit the membership desk at Senate House Library with your valid Goldsmiths card to set up your account for visiting and borrowing rights.


The Library is in Bloomsbury, Central London on the 4th floor of Senate House.

Address: Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU (Google Map / Citymapper directions)

It is a short walk from London Underground, and national railway stations


Your loan allowance will depend on the type of staff or student you are at Goldsmiths:

Type of membership Number of items
Undergraduate student 10 books
Postgraduate student 15 books
Research student 20 books
Academic staff 20 books
Professional/admin staff 10 books

Full information on borrowing.


Please note that users wishing to apply for alumni access to Goldsmiths library must return any items to Senate House Library and ensure any outstanding fines are paid prior to making an application.