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Emily Wilding Davison Building

Emily Wilding Davison Building

We were more ambitious for our new building, wanting far more than simply a fantastic new library. We wanted a place where all sorts of resources and services would be available, and where different types of study would be individually catered for.

It sits in the heart of the university’s beautiful, leafy campus - so we knew it would need to complement Royal Holloway’s iconic Founder’s Building.

Striking and sensitively-designed, The Emily Wilding Davison Building opened its doors in September 2017. Founder's Square links the Grade I-listed building with the new Davison Building, and provides a fantastic space for students, staff and visitors to relax and spend time in.

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Chancellor of the University of London formally opened the building which has been named in honour of one of Britain’s most famous suffragettes, and Royal Holloway alumna, Emily Wilding Davison.

What our students think about the Davison Building


  • Library and archives services
  • Student Services Centre
  • Careers & employability service
  • IT resources and support
  • Exhibition & event spaces
  • Café and shop

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