It’s examination season! How has it been for you so far? You’re probably still looking for some quiet libraries to sit and revise for the rest of your exams. Some of you might still be writing research papers due to be submitted within this term. Whether you’re deep down on revisions or looking around the Bloomsbury neighbourhood, this list can be a helpful starting point.
Here’s a shortlist of the top four libraries in Bloomsbury, a very short walk from the NCH London building on Bedford Square.
1. Senate House Library
London WC1E 7HU
Opening hours typically 9.00 – 20.45
Also where the NCH collection of books are located, the Senate House Library is the closest to our campus. The reading chairs are comfortable and there are many desks to choose from. They are open until late (20.45) on Mondays to Thursdays.
2. Centre for Anthropology library
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Typically open between 10.00 – 17.00
Inside the grandness of the British Museum, you can find a reference library tucked near the north of the building (see the map or ask the information desk inside the museum for directions). If you’re a fan of anthropology, you will love the collection of materials available to the public here.
You can walk in and take a seat in one of their desks.
3. The British Library
96 Euston Rd
London NW1 2DB
About 20-minutes walk from NCH towards King’s Cross or Euston station is The British Library. It has one of the largest collections of publications in the country – really amazing for almost any topic you might be researching on. It is so large that you are spoilt for choice where to sit and study.
4. Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA
Closes 19.00 on Mondays to Thursdays
Holborn Library is Camden Council’s public library in Bloomsbury. It is open on Saturdays and convenient if the university libraries are closed.
Always remember to bring your ID to enter; and a fully charged laptop battery in case you cannot find power sockets and need to work on your computer.
Good luck on your studies!