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Maughan Library

Find the Maughan Library


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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
  • Classics
  • Computer science
  • English
  • Film studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Theology & religious studies
  • War studies.

Opening hours:

Under the latest government guidance for the national lockdown period, our libraries and some study spaces will remain open for those students who have compelling reasons to come to campus, such as an inadequate study environment at home or for mental health reasons. In these circumstances you will continue to be able book a library study space or use an informal learning space on campus.

We are consolidating the number of library study spaces we have available, as such the Maughan, IoPPN and Wills libraries are currently closed for study space access.

It is expected you will be able to meet many of your needs working remotely, through our webpages, e-resources and LibAnswers services. King’s have provided significant additional funding to ensure we can provide the core texts on your reading lists in ebook format where it is possible to do so.

In line with King’s  Staying safe on Campus  guidance,  all library visits are by bookable slots only.

Semester opening hours

For the latest information about access to services please visit our Coronavirus update webpage.


Floor Plans

Library floor plans have been created to assist you find resources, services and facilities.

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Round Reading Room

Study Spaces

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 respectful of others studying around you.

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  • Rolls Cafe (on the Lower Ground Floor)
  • 2 x Bike Sheds
  • Weston Room (Exhibition space on the Ground Floor)
  • Water Fountains

Non-Library Support

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.

Weston Room

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

Strand Campus map