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Libraries at NCH

Students at New College of the Humanities are richly provided with library facilities, including Northeastern University’s digital library and resources, the NCH Collection in Devon House, Senate House Library (SHL), and the British Library.

Northeastern University Library

New College of the Humanities students have full access to the digital resources available from Northeastern University’s Library. Located in Boston, Northeastern University leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century. Resources include over 800,000 e-books and over 100,000 electronic journals. The Northeastern University Library provides the resources and services which enable students to ignite interests, spark creativity, and forge new discoveries.

City of London Libraries

NCH students at the university are eligible for membership to the lending libraries of the City of London. This single membership covers access to Barbican Library, Shoe Lane Library and Artizan Street Library and Community Centre. Students may use all the facilities at each library including access to their working space and printing facilities.

The City of London also has three research libraries, students may use Guildhall Library as well as the London Metropolitan Archives for free, and may opt in to use the City Business Library.


Senate House Library

Senate House Library (SHL) is one of the libraries used by New College of the Humanities students.

Commissioned in 1931, Senate House Library is the federal library of the University of London, which was founded by Royal Charter in 1836. As the federal library, it supports the nineteen colleges and academic institutions in the University and the wider research community.

It is one of the top research libraries in the UK, particularly focused on the arts and humanities, and home to more than three million items. New College of the Humanities students have full access to its borrowing, digital and print services.

The British Library

New College of the Humanities students are eligible for a reader’s card to use the British Library – one of the greatest research libraries in the world. As it is a copyright library, it has copies of all new books published in the UK, and many of those published abroad, making it an excellent resource when more detailed research is required.