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Library and study resources

Heythrop Library is an amazing resource. It is on two sites – Philosophy in the main building, and Theology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature in a separate building on the campus. 

The Theology and Philosophy Libraries are currently operating the opening hours listed below:

Term timeTheology LibraryPhilosophy Library
Monday to Thursday9.30am - 8.30pm4.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday9.30am - 5.30pmClosed
Saturday10.00am - 5.00pm1.00pm - 5.00pm
SundayClosedClosed




Christmas Opening Hours

Over the Chrismtas vacation the Theology Library opening hours will be as follows:

Friday 15th to Friday 22nd December: 09.30 – 17.30
Saturday 23rd December to Monday 1st January: Closed
Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th January: 09.30 – 17.30

From Monday 8th January normal opening times will resume.

The Philosophy Library will close on Friday 15th December and re-open on Monday 8th January.

* Check term and vacation dates here.

Our library resources

The library dates back to the founding of the College in 1614. It has some 180,000 volumes in its collections, and is one of the finest libraries of theological and philosophical books in the UK.  Our students benefit from generous library provision, with one of the highest ratios of books to students in the country.

As a University of London student you will also have access to the University Library at Senate House in Bloomsbury. This gives you access to a large multi-subject collection and a wide range of electronic resources, mostly accessible off site.

Our study resources

Computers and photocopiers are available for student use in the libraries as well as elsewhere around the campus.  Heythrop has two dedicated computer suites as well as student computers in both library buildings. The College has one of the highest computer to student ratios in the country. Wireless access is available throughout the College. Increasing use is made of web-based resources and especially the College's virtual learning environment (VLE), HELIOS. This is the primary tool for communication between staff and students. The VLE is also used for delivering learning resources and promoting learning forums.

Current students

When you enrol at the College, you automatically become a member of the Library. Your Heythrop ID card is your Library card and lets you access and borrow from the library. Please bring it with you whenever you use the facilities. For information on using the Library during your time at Heythrop, please visit the Library and Learning Resource pages of HELIOS.

Useful Library links

Search INNOPAC catalogue 

Search Senate House Libraries Eresources

Contact the Library

Philosophy Library: 020 7795 4250 / Theology Library: 020 7795 4254
Email: library@heythrop.ac.uk