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Founder's Library

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The Founder's Library houses our collections in Modern Languages, English, Classics, Media Arts, Drama and Theatre, and Music, and is modelled on the Chateau de Chambord and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886.

Finding items in Founder's Library

When searching for items using LibrarySearch or the Library Catalogue:

  • Folio and Quarto indicate the book is an extra large item held in Founder's. Folios and quartos are shelved near the other books in their subject.
  • Founder's 24 Hour Loan items, including DVDs, are located near the helpdesk.

Download floormaps of Founder's Library:

Ground Floor East - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/library/documents/pdf/rhulfounderslibrarygroundflooreast.pdf

Ground Floor West and Basement - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/library/documents/pdf/rhulfounderslibrarygroundfloorwestbasement.pdf

1st Floor West and East - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/library/documents/pdf/rhulfounderslibrary1stfloorwesteast.pdf


Helpdesk opening hours and services available

Term time:
Monday - Friday  9am - 7pm  
Saturday - Sunday  11am-7pm

Summer vacation:
Monday - Thursday  9am - 7pm
Friday  9am - 5pm 
Saturday  9am - 7pm

During these hours Library staff maintain and provide guidance for the following facilities:-

During evening and weekends, there is a reduced level of service and enquiries may be referred to core staff for investigation and responses. However, you can expect assistance with:

  • Self service (issues, returns, renewals)
  • Photocopying and printing
  • IT facilities
  • Microfilm/fiche reader
  • Group and individual viewing equipment

When the Library is closed you may still return library materials via the drop-box outside the entrance.

For general Library opening hours, visit this page.



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