Warburg Institute Library

The Library, The Warburg Institute, University of London
Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

(020) 7862 8949 (tel)
(020) 7862 8939 (fax)


Mainly the fourth floor of the library; Church history on the third floor, with Islam and Judaism.

Hours of opening:

Term time:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1000 – 1800
Tuesday and Thursday 1000 – 2000
Saturday 1000 – 1600*
Monday – Friday 1000 – 1800
Saturday 1000 – 1600**
* closed on Saturdays preceding a Bank Holiday Monday
** closed on Saturdays in August and September
The Library is closed for about a week at Christmas and Easter.


Members of the University of London and other universities: staff – valid identification with photograph; students – valid identification with photograph and letter of recommendation stating need.

General public: written application stating need.

Restricted access to Photographic Collection.

Wheelchair users may enter the building via the ramp at the front.  There are toilet facilities for wheelchair users.

Reader places:

16 on 3rd and 4th floors. 130 throughout the library.

Librarian in charge of History collection:

There is no individual member of staff in charge of history.

Staff availabilty:

Librarians on duty in Reading Room on ground floor.


All of the library's holdings are included in the Senate House Libraries on-line catalogue.  60,000 offprints are also included in this catalogue: - http://catalogue.ulrls.lon.ac.uk or telnet://catalogue.ulrls.lon.ac.uk


Own scheme. See http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/library/maps/


Chiefly Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with some Greek and Roman History, and Ancient Near East. Some aspects of Islamic and Jewish history.

Special collections or strengths:

Photographic Collection, arranged by subject. Not administered by the library.

The Archives of the Institute comprise the working materials and correspondence of Aby Warburg, Fritz Saxl, Gertrud Bing and Frances A Yates, together with the records of the Institute. Access to these materials is at the discretion of the Director of the Institute.

Germany and Italy - medieval and Renaissance Italian history (including books of Nicolai Rubinstein); older German local studies (Hamburg) and southern Italy (Jamison Collection); history of historiography.

Church history, especially Papal history, the Reformation, late antiquity and the early church.

Byzantine studies.

History through caricature and popular prints.

Greek and Latin in the Middle Ages.


History of the humanities, of science and of universities.

History and imagery of blacks in Europe and the Americas.

Additional facilities:

Lunch is available in the Common Room to registered readers from 1300. Tea is served in the Common Room 1600 - 1630. Vending machine for hot drinks.

Photocopying (self-service upon staff authorisation), subject to copyright regulations.  Universal microfilm and microfiche reader/printer/scanner.

Three CD-ROM work stations. The collection of CD-ROMS contains 100+ items, including: Allgemeines Kunstlerlexicon. Archive of Celtic Latin Literature. Bibliotheca Iuris Antiqui. Emblem manuscripts, Brussels Jesuit College 1630-1685. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Judaica. Inscriptions, Papyri, Coptic texts. Letteratura Italiana Zanichelli. OED. Repertoire d’art et d’archeologie (1973-1989). Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Schneyer, Repertorium der Lateinischen Sermones des Mittelalters…1350-1500. Thomae Aquinatis opera omnia.

A complete list of CD-ROM holdings is available at http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/library/electronic-resources/databases-discs/.

The JSTOR and ARTSTOR databases can be accessed on web terminals throughout the Library; the Library also provides access to the following online

databases: Bibliography of the History of Art. Library of Latin Texts (CLCLT). Iter Gateway to the Renaissance. Kristeller, Iter Italicum.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae. Some additional electronic resources are available through the Senate House Libraries catalogue at http://www.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/databases.aspx.

An index of the Library’s Digital Collections can be consulted at http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/library/digital-collections/. This page contains links to the scanned versions of some of the Library’s rare and out-of-copyright books, which can be downloaded (for private study purposes) in the form of low resolution PDF files.