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Following the announcement by the UK Government on libraries, the library, archives and exhibition space are now closed.

Our extensive library has more than 450,000 books and 36,000 journals in both print and digital format. In addition to this main collection we have a number of rare and valuable items, archival works, internal publications, and major databases. Students and staff can access our digital materials from wherever they are, on any device.

The space offers 1,350 study seats, with different zones for silent and collaborative work.

Our dedicated team are continually developing new and improved ways to support you throughout your learning journey. We place a high priority on listening to and working with you to remain valuable, responsive and relevant.

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Royal Holloway archives and special collections

We hold records relating to Royal Holloway College, Bedford College, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, as well as personal papers of former staff and students.

We also hold special collections donated to Royal Holloway, including the Gay Sweatshop, Half Moon and Red Shift Theatre Collections, the Alfred Sherman papers, Dom Anselm Hughes collection and Roy Waters theatrical ephemera.

To view material in our archives and special collections, you will need to make an appointment to use our archive reading room.

Contact the archivist

Email us on or call +44 (0)1784 443814.

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