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Visit to University of London depository library

Michael Townsend (collections librarian) and I went to visit the University depository library in Egham, to meet the staff there and see where the IHR offsite store books are now located. The library is in a really nice location, on the edge of the Royal Holloway campus. The staff at the depository, Katriona and Pete, have done a fantastic job getting used to the IHR’s (often unlabelled) collections. We’ve been really impressed by how efficient the delivery service has been – we sometimes send an order first thing in the morning and unpack them a couple of hours later when the daily van arrives. It is best to give us 1-2 days notice, and items can be ordered in person, by phone or email. (020 7862 8760 or

Kate Wilcox (Reader and Technical Services Librarian)


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Additional material added to library open access collections

As pockets of space have become available, we have been able to bring some selected material back onto open access. These have been selected based on reader feedback, frequency of requests and availability of space in suitable locations. We’ve chosen not to include some material due to its availability online or locally within Senate House Library – please ask if you’d like advice on accessing anything that falls into these categories.

  • A selection of material from B.05 classmark (manuscript catalogues)
  • Papal Registers (folio shelving at one end of large reading room 314)
  • Gallia Christiana (folio shelving at one end of large reading room 314)
  • Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France (folio shelving at one end of large reading room 314)
  • Monumenta Germaniae Historica (library office corridor)
  • Some Record Commission British medieval history folios, e.g. Tower of London rolls, Valor Ecclesiasticus (in room 303)
  • List and Index Society (library office corridor)
  • English place name society (quick reference section, library office corridor)
  • Archives parlementaires de 1787 à 1860 Series 1 (folio shelving at one end of large reading room 314)
  • Selected Crusades folios (with Crusades collection outside library office)
  • Some individual items have also been added into the quick reference section in the corridor adjacent to the library enquiry office.

If you have any comments or queries please contact us at or 020 7862 8760.

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IHR Library reopens

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

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IHR relocation update


The IHR library will be closing from Thursday 28th July 2011 until Wednesday 3rd of August when it will open in its new location in the south block.  The opening hours remain the same as they are now.  Both the new IHR reception area and the Library will be staffed from 3 August.  The remainder of the staff will move in the weeks following.

The IHR North block will continue to be open with a staffed reception desk but without the library throughout this period.  However, from Wednesday 3rd August and until we have moved all the remaining staff (which we estimate will be completed by August 19th), we will be open to the public at 9am and will close at 18.30 each evening.

Thank you for bearing with us during this turbulent period.

Elaine Walters

Institute Manager

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Library move starting today

The move of the library collections going into closed access will start today. As this affects material on all floors there is likely to be alot of disruption and the lift will be difficult to access. The move of the collections remaining on open access is expected to begin from Tuesday 26th July and as previously announced the library will close completely between 28th July and 2nd August. Details of new locations of the collections are available here:

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Library closure dates (update)

There has been a slight change to the IHR Library closures this summer since our previous announcement.  It is now planned that the IHR Library will be closed from Thursday 28 July to Tuesday 2 August inclusive.

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IHR Library move schedule now finalised

The schedule detailing which parts of the Library collections will move when has now been agreed.

The timing of the collection moves is dependent on each book’s final location.  A list of these can be found here:

The moves will begin on the 19th July.  Two teams of removal men will be working concurrently between the 19th July and 1st August, when the move is expected to finish.  Because of this the IHR lift is likely to be in heavy use and all areas of the Institute will be subject to disruption and possibly restrictions on access.

The schedule is as follows:

Material to Offsite Store:                                   July 19th-22nd

Material to Onsite Store:                                   July 19th-29th

Material to 3rd Floor Open Access IHR:    July 25th-August 1st

It is currently anticipated that the IHR Library will be closed on Saturday 30th July and Monday 1st and 2nd August.  We hope to reopen on the 3rd August with a full service, though please bear with us at first as it is likely we will still have work to do on library signage. 

The Reception staff will be moving with the Library to the 3rd floor South Block. The rest of the IHR will be joining the Library and Library and Reception staff later in August.

Update: The IHR Library will now be closed from Thursday 28th July to Tuesday 2nd August inclusive.


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