Coronavirus Update - IALS Building Closure at 5pm

20th March 2020

From Friday 20 March

With effect from 16:00 on Friday 20 March the University of London will close all administration buildings in central London.   

We will continue to support our global community of students by all staff working remotely. The closure will be in place until Monday 20 April and will be subject to review prior to this date. The intercollegiate halls of residence remain open at present for those students who wish to remain in London. 

Our libraries in Senate House and other local buildings are open until 16:00 on Thursday 19 March but will be closed thereafter. 

This is a period of extraordinary uncertainty and we have taken this decision to safeguard the wellbeing of our students, visitors and staff. 

17th March 2020

Following the most recent advice from the Government, the decision has been made to close the Institute of Advanced Studies Library from 5:00pm on Thursday 19 March 2020 until further notice. We encourage all our users who need to borrow material from us to do this by the closure time on Thursday. For full details of e-resources available remotely, please see:

Any books currently on loan will not be due back until the library reopens and will therefore not accrue fines.

If library members have any queries, please email us on