Queen Mary, University of London, Library

Main Library, Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

(020) 7882 3327


The Main Library is a self-contained building situated on the east (Mile End station) side of the College site and is accessible from Mile End Road, through the gate near the QMUL bookshop.  Nearest tube stations: Mile End and Stepney Green.

History books and non-current journals are located on the 2nd floor.

Hours of opening:

Term and Easter vacation:

Monday - Friday 0900 – 0000 (no counter service after 2045)
Saturday 1100 – 1700
Sunday 1300 – 1900

Opening hours are subject to alteration – please check web site for up to date information.

May be open later during some of the Summer vacation – please phone to check.


University of London intercollegiate students are allowed to borrow 6 books altogether, 4 of them can be one week loan. Readers who are not members of the College, but with a genuine need to use the collections, may do so for reference purposes; identification will be required. University of London academic and academic-related staff and research postgraduates may borrow, again subject to identification. During term-time visitors from outside the University of London can only use the Library on weekdays after 1700 (no restrictions during vacations or on term-time Saturdays and Sundays). Handicapped readers should find no problem in access - there is a lift to reach the upper floors. There are toilet facilities for handicapped people.

Reader places:

There is no specific seating for the History Collection. There are approximately 1000 reader places in the whole library.

Librarian in charge of History collection:

Eilis Rafferty, Subject Librarian - Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History and Politics  (Email: e.p.rafferty@qmul.ac.uk)

Staff availabilty:

There are normally staff available to help with enquiries on weekdays until 1700. After this time and at weekends there is a restricted ‘issue desk only' service.


There is an on-line catalogue for checking holdings of books and periodicals. The web address is: http://catalogue.library.qmul.ac.uk/

There are no separate catalogues for History.


Library of Congress


Approx, 40,000 volumes. The stock covers in particular British and European history, including economic and social aspects. The Medieval period is a particular strength, as is the history of East London. Other areas of interest include United States history and film history.

Special collections or strengths:

People's Palace Archive; extensive Westfield college archives which have proved of interest to students of women's education; a large collection of letters to and from Sir Neville Lyttelton and his wife and family; an extensive collection of works, including some contemporary memoirs, on the counter-revolutionary revolt in the Vendée. All of the above may be consulted by arrangement.

Women at Queen Mary: a virtual exhibition available at www.women.qmul.ac.uk. A celebration of women as students, teachers and graduates from 1850 to the present day. 

Additional facilities:

Self-service photocopiers, coin-operated.

Refreshments are available in the Catering Building near the Library, although not throughout opening hours. There are cafés and pubs in close proximity.