IHR Library, Reader Access Update

Term-time opening hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 - 20:30 and Saturday 09:30 - 17:15. You are advised to book a desk in advance of travelling to the library. Please read the guidance below including information on our continuation of Covid19 rules.

Booking a place

You are advised to book in advance of your visit. You can book up to 2 weeks ahead. 

Book your place

Opening hours for the autumn term (ends 10 December) are Monday to Friday 09:00 - 20:30 and Saturday 09:30 - 17:15. If you have booked a place you can use the library any time on that day. All reading rooms are open: you can sit at any numbered desk but please stay at the same desk throughout the day.

  • You are encouraged to order ahead items with locations IHR onsite store or IHR offsite store via ihr.library@sas.ac.uk.
  • Please let us know if you'd like to use a microform reader
  • Archive visits need to be pre-arranged and usually require at least one week's notice.

Please be aware that arrangements may need to change at short notice should our capacity become stretched or the situation with Covid-19 change.  You are advised to check before travelling.

Your library membership

Please join the IHR Library or renew your membership prior to visiting. Membership is free and can be arranged via the online form.

Keeping Study Spaces Safe

The Government eased restrictions in England from Monday 19 July 2021. Due to the nature of the Library spaces, IHR Library will keep Covid-19 rules in place until further notice, in order to keep members and study spaces as safe as possible during the pandemic.  

We're proud to have been able to keep essential Library services running through the pandemic and the success of this is due to maintaining Covid-19 rules and systems. We appreciate Library members support in continuing to follow these rules to ensure a safe study environment for all.  

The booking system will remain in place to manage numbers onsite and we ask members to continue to:

  • Stay alert: check @ihr_library and this webpage for the latest updates before travel.
  • Always maintain social distancing when seated & moving around the building.
  • Face coverings to be worn unless exempt.
  • Everyday kindness: collaborate with staff to calmly respond to changes that ensure your safety.

Temporary arrangements on visiting the Library

The following temporary arrangements are in place at the IHR building, and by booking you agree to follow the rules that are in place for everyone’s safety:  

  • Please be prepared to show proof of booking your desk and an IHR membership card if you already have one. 
  • Social distancing signage and markings are in place. You should socially distance from other building users.  
  • Please don’t come to the building if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Face-coverings are required in the building unless you are exempt. If you are exempt you may want to display an exemption badge and/or a card (Opens in new window) on your desk.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available on entering and around the building. You should use hand sanitiser before and after going to the shelves or using any library equipment. After using sanitiser, please let your hands dry fully before touching any of the books.  
  • For everyone’s safety, we encourage you to #StaySafe & take a Covid test before entering the Library (up to 72hrs before arrival).
  • The University of London has signed up to the NHS Test and Trace system. You should see information around the building that will enable you to use this if you wish to do so. 
  • On arrival you should report to the IHR reception. Readers can only sit at the numbered desks. 
  • You are encouraged to bring your own laptop. A limited number of PCs are available.  
  • Photocopiers and scanners will be available, and wipes and hand sanitiser will be provided. We recommend that you use your own camera where possible.  
  • Windows will be open to maximise air flow. You may want to bring extra clothing.  
  • The common room is open for library readers, but there is no catering available. Social distancing remains in place. Please bring your own water bottle if needed. 
  • We encourage enquiries by email where possible. We are happy to arrange training sessions if you need any help and these can be held online.  

Stay in touch

We provide document supply and enquiry services. You may also find some useful resources for your research in our online guides to Open and Free Access Materials for Research (launched March 2020) and Teaching British Histories of Race, Migration and Empire (August 2020).

Let us know if you have any questions. Contact us at ihr.library@sas.ac.uk or 020 7862 8760.