Birkbeck College Library

Birkbeck College Library,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX

(020) 7631 6239


The Library is located in the Malet Street building.

Hours of opening:

Term time:

Monday - Friday 0830 - 2230
Saturday - Sunday 1000 - 2000
For information about full service hours and vacation opening times check the website


The Library is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme. For full details regarding admission, see the information on the web site at 

University of London intercollegiate students taking a course at Birkbeck have full borrowing rights.

Reader places:


Librarian in charge of History Collection:

Dr Aubrey Greenwood

Staff availability:

There is a Help Desk service. Outside service hours, assistance is always available on request.


Online catalogue of almost all stock. The catalogue can be accessed outside the College via the library website.


Mostly Dewey. Some of the older stock is classified using Bliss.


Total stock is approximately 250,000. Works relating to History in all forms total over 30,000 volumes.

Special collections or strengths:

The collection has been developed to meet the teaching needs of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.