King's College London Library Services

Maughan Library, King’s College London
Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1LR.

(020) 7848 2430
(020) 7848 2277 (fax)


The Maughan Library opened in 2001 and occupies a refurbished Grade II* listed building (formerly the Public Record Office) in Chancery Lane.  The main History collection takes up part of the First Floor and First Floor Mezzanine with the History of the Americas on the Second Floor.  Some material not in frequent use is kept in open access store areas on the Lower Ground Floor.  Some material is kept on closed access.

Hours of opening:

Opening hours vary during vacations.
The hours in semester are:

Monday - Friday 0830 - 2200 (reference only from 2030)
Saturday 0930 - 1730
Sunday 1100 - 1900
Opening hours may change so please see our web pages for the latest information.


Access is by card only. All academics and graduate research students can apply to borrow materials on presentation of a SCONUL Access card obtained from their home university library. It will still be necessary to complete an application at King’s and supply a passport-sized photograph. Students from other University of London Colleges taking courses at King’s may apply for an intercollegiate student ticket and borrow books. Non-University of London undergraduates and graduate taught students may use our facilities in our vacation, for reference only, on production of their home library card. Otherwise, the Maughan Library is open to people who are not members of the college for reference use of items not readily available in public libraries. A written application must be made in advance to Membership Applications. Visitors who have a particular need to borrow books may be able to do so for an annual fee.

Reader places:

The building has 1,250 reader places scattered throughout in a variety of environments including individual study carrels and group study rooms.

Information specialist in charge of History:                      

Graeme Lockheart

Staff availability:

When the service desk is open there are always Information Specialists and/or Information Assistant(s) on duty. When the centre is open after 2030 there is a reference only service.  There is also an enquiry desk where further help is available.


The Library catalogue is available via our web site at  Details about the majority of information resources are available on this catalogue.


Library of Congress


King’s College has over 1,500,000 volumes across all campuses. Over 40,000 books at the Maughan Library are directly relevant to history and the rest of the collection contains a great deal of related material. In addition the Centre holds a range of relevant journals.  Much of the book stock is available for loan to members, with loan periods varying according to the expected demand. Journals are not for loan. The collection covers all aspects of British history including political, diplomatic, constitutional, social and economic history; political theory; colonial, imperial and Commonwealth history; European history; American and Latin American history. Military and naval history, church history and Greek and Byzantine history are also covered by the Centre stock. Theses and Special Collections are on closed access. Older and less heavily used journals are stored off site. 

Special collections or strengths:

Portuguese history (including former Portuguese possessions); Latin American history; colonial, imperial and Commonwealth history; early American history (up to 1776); military and naval history; church history; Greek and Byzantine history.

Additional facilities:

Self-service photocopying is available, subject to copyright law. The machines are operated by rechargeable cards. The recharging machines currently use £1 coins. There are card vending machines and change machines. We operate a sticker scheme for photocopying to be undertaken for commercial purposes. King’s offers most members access to an extensive portfolio of remotely accessible electronic resources, including bibliographic and full text databases, electronic journals, multimedia resources, and ebooks, but these are not available to visitors. Our web pages give further details. Introductory talks are offered to new students. There is a café open to Centre users.