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Senate House Library: facts & figures

Total number of books – printed volumes and pamphlets

ca. 2,000,000

Journal titles currently received (excluding e-journals received via aggregating services)


Books printed before 1851

ca.120,000 volumes


ca.1000 separate collections

University of London Theses


Catalogue entries on Innopac


Number of reader seats (excluding workstations, special reading areas)


Total registered users 2004-05 (including day visitors)


The Library’s history goes back to the official foundation of the University of London in 1836 but it really began life in 1871 when a bookfund was started. It has grown steadily ever since by purchase and donation.

Usage statistics

Graph Loans and renewals 2000-2005

GraphWebsite hits (including catalogue access) 1999-2004

In common with many research libraries, the trend in physical visits has flattened out as people make better use of electronic resources. The number of books loaned or renewed has however steadily increased

GraphLoan activity by subject

This table shows how books loaned over the period of a year are broken down by subject


Pie chartVisitor profile
this chart shows the percentage breakdown of the user base by categories – University of London staff and students, users from other universities, private researchers, and others

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