Find the Maughan Library
Chancery Lane is a short walk from the Strand Campus.
The Maughan* Library is on the right-hand side as you walk up Chancery Lane from Fleet Street.
Visitors are requested to inform Security and Library staff of their arrival.
Staff can be recognised by their purple lanyards.
*Maughan is pronounced 'Mawn' like 'Lawn'
The collections at the Maughan Library supports the teaching and research interests of Humanities, Law and Science including:
- Business studies
- Computer science
- Film studies
- Theology & religious studies
- War studies.
All Library sites are currently closed and will remain closed until further notice in response to official public health advice.
We don’t know how long our buildings will be closed, for the latest information please visit our Coronavirus update webage.
Library floor plans have been created to assist you find resources, services and facilities.
Spread across four floors and mezzanines, the library hosts a variety of study spaces, including Group Study rooms, Computer Rooms, Postgraduate Zones, Assistive Technology rooms and a Wellbeing Room.
There are three different Zones in the library which are colour-coded on the Floor Plans. Choose a zone that suits your study needs and be repectful of others studying around you.
- Rolls Cafe (on the Lower Ground Floor)
- 2 x Bike Sheds
- Weston Room (Exhibition space on the Ground Floor)
- Water Fountains
If you have general student queries you can find out information via Student Services online. The nearest Student Services desk is short walk over in Bush House.
Alternatively, if you have any general IT queries (such as about printing, account support and accessing IT Services), pay a visit to the TechBar in the ground floor Lift Lobby or contact the IT Service Desk.
History of the Building
It was formerly the home to the headquarters of the Public Record Office, known as the "strong-box of the Empire" and was acquired by the university in 2001.
Designed by Sir James Pennethorne and constructed in 1851, with further extensions made between 1868 and 1900, it is a Grade II listed building. Inside the library is a dodecagonal reading room, inspired by that of the British Museum, and a former medieval chapel, now an exhibition space showcasing the special collections of the library. The library was named in honour of Sir Deryck Maughan, an alumnus of the university.
Strand Campus map
Part of the Strand Campus
Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR