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Introduction to Library Services


Royal Holloway Library’s book collections extend to some 600,000 volumes. There are subscriptions to more than 17,000 e-journals; more than 800,000 items are loaned each year and there is an annual footfall of about 700,000. We are constantly increasing our provision of electronic resources: e-journals, databases, datasets, e-books, all of which are accessible remotely 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Library Services is on two sites within easy walking distance of each other:

  • The Founder’s Library (Languages, Literatures, Cinema, Theatre, Fine Arts and Music) is located within the magnificent Founder’s Building, modelled on the Chateau de Chambord and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. The Archives service and collections are also in this building and provide access to unique papers and materials relating to the history and development of the College.
  • The Bedford Library opened in 1993, houses resources for science, social sciences and history.

Royal Holloway students and staff are also significant users of the Senate House Library in central London.

From Autumn 2017, Library Services will be hosted in the new Emily Wilding Davison Building. To find out more about this exciting project, please visit the Estates page.



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