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Opening Hours

The IHR Library is open to readers. Many Institute services and resources are available online.

Access to the IHR building: Library and public areas

The IHR Library is open Monday to Friday 09.00 - 20.30 and Saturday 09.30 - 17.15 for the rest of the Autumn term (ends 10 December). Pre-booking of desks is advised. Information on Library access and how to book a desk is available here

Other IHR staff are gradually returning to the building but continue to work in part remotely. Many resources and services are online, including events and seminars.

For regular updates on IHR activities, please consult the homepage of the IHR website, the IHR's Twitter, the IHR blog, On History or sign up for the IHR's monthly Bulletin.

We also continue to help with enquiries where possible. Please see contact details.

Planned holiday closures for 2021-21

We close on UK public holidays and Saturdays of bank holiday weekends, Easter and between Christmas and New Year. We close for one day each November for the University of London’s Foundation Day.

If your journey to the IHR is extensive please do check in case of an unexpected closure.

Other planned closures, 2021-22

  • University of London Foundation Day: 23 November
  • Christmas 2021 – 2022: Friday 24 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022 inclusive
  • Easter 2022: Thursday 14 – Tuesday 19 April inclusive
  • Early May bank holiday 2022: Monday 2 May
  • Spring bank holiday and Platinum Jubilee bank holiday 2022: Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June
  • Summer bank holiday 2022: Monday 29 August