Royal Holloway, University of London, Library

Bedford Library, Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey  TW20 0EX

01784 443323


Main collection, including Classical religion and ancient history:  Bedford Library.

Hours of opening:

Term time: Founder's and Bedford Libraries:

Monday - Thursday 0830-0100
Friday 0830-2000
Saturday 0830-2100
Sunday 0830-2100

Vacations: See website for details of vacation opening hours.


All members of the University of London are welcome to use the Library for reference. Academic staff, research postgraduates, taught postgraduates, part-time and distance learning students can apply for borrowing rights using the SCONUL Access scheme.

Undergraduates taking intercollegiate courses at Royal Holloway are also granted full borrowing rights (currently fifteen items at any time).

Please bring proof of identity and status, and contact us in advance if in any doubt.  Others may apply for borrowing rights on payment of a fee, currently £55 per year or £20 for four months (free for Alumni on production of proof of past membership).

Parking space near the library can be made available at short notice for wheelchair users; all areas of Bedford Library are wheelchair accessible.

Reader places:


Librarian in charge of History collection:

Russell Burke: Bedford Library.


The catalogue is available on-line via the library home page.




The library's book collections extend to some 600,000 volumes, of which a large part relates to History.

Special collections or strengths:

Strengths in Islamic and Middle Eastern History, British Imperial History, European History, Church History and Women’s History.

Additional facilities:

There are black and white and colour photocopiers in the Library. Ask at the help desk for further details.

Refreshments are available in the library during core opening hours.