Royal Holloway, University of London

Contact details

Website: E-mail (general enquiries): E-mail (inter library loans): Tel: +44 (0)1784 443823

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About the library

Royal Holloway College, originally a women-only college, was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur, Thomas Holloway in 1879. The campus is set in 135 acres of woodland near Windsor, and is acknowledged as one of the country’s most appealing campuses, offering a close-knit community based location with close proximity to London.

Royal Holloway Library Services occupies two sites on campus – the Bedford Library, opened by The Princess Royal in 1993, houses resources for Science, Social Sciences and History, while the Founder’s Library, located within the magnificent Founder’s Building, modelled on the Chateau de Chambord and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886, houses Languages, Literatures, Cinema, Theatre, Fine Arts and Music. Currently under construction is a new Library and Student Services building due to open in 2017. This will dramatically expand our library and study space, provide flexible learning and public spaces and a dedicated study area for PhD students. It will also provide a purpose-built storage space for Royal Holloway’s art and archives, as well as the Library’s Special Collections.

The Library’s book collections extend to some 600,000 volumes. There are subscriptions to more than 17,000 e-journals; more than 800,000 items are loaned each year and there is an annual footfall of about 700,000.

The full local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Royal Holloway University of London Library: G2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Please see Visitor information for details.


Royal Holloway, University of London data on Copac

Example record from the Royal Holloway, University of London Library:

Title: An Essay Upon Poetry. / [By Buckingham, John Sheffield Duke of 1648-1720 or 21.]
Published: London : Printed for Joseph Hindmarsh ... 1682

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.