The Library is staffed by a friendly and dedicated team who offer academic, research and study skills workshops, as well as advice on day-to-day queries.
Our current University Library has five floors, a collection of around 300,000 books and journals and over 32,000 online journals. Open until midnight during term time and 24 hours a day during peak times in the academic year, the Library has more than 260 open access PCs and around 500 study spaces, including bookable group study rooms. The Library also houses Wired Café, which provides a relaxed catered study and socialising space.
Our friendly Library staff support students and other users with study skills support and general queries. We also have a online chat service for off-campus users.
From September 2017, we'll be making things even better for our students: we'll be moving to a brand new building.
Designed by award winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the four storey building will be in keeping with Roehampton's traditional heritage whilst providing a modern, adaptable learning environment which meets the needs of our growing student population and is fit for the students of the future.
The new University of Roehampton Library will have:
The building will be built to the highest energy standards, reflecting Roehampton's commitment to environmental sustainability.
The New Library will transform the experience of our students and enhance the working environment for our staff. It will have a range of spaces to meet the numerous types of teaching and learning, from individual quiet spaces through to larger areas for group working.
The garden-café overlooking the Digby Stuart College lake will provide 72 study spaces as well as sofas for those wanting to relax or meet informally.
IT provision will be provided throughout the library to enable our students to work in areas that suit their needs.
The Library will also be home to the University's extensive range of books and Special Collections, such as the Froebel Archive, Richmal Compton Collection and Ann Hutchinson Guest Collection. It will also house other specialist collections such as The Centre for Marian Studies, a collection of resources covering all matters regarding the Virgin Mary, the Queen's Archive, featuring material on authority and governance within the Roman Catholic Church in the UK and the Jewish Resource Centre Collection.
A reading room will be designated specifically to our Special Collections and the Library will host a series of exhibitions to make its collections are accessible to students, staff and the public.
Roehampton is committed to its local community, and the Library will be an important new feature for the whole local community, and not just our students and staff. It will host public events and exhibitions and local residents will be able, as they are now, to become members. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact us by one of the methods listed below.