Queen Mary University of London Library

Queen Mary University of London Library

Queen Mary University of London Library


The Library is an essential resource for students – it doesn’t just contain books (though there are plenty) – but also specialist journals, DVDs and videos. You can access electronic archives as well as the Internet using computers  set aside for students.

The Library is a great place to study – both individually and in small groups. There are several spaces for quiet revision, an archives reading room, as well as self-service issue, return points and a cafe. The Hive, which is just across from the library, offers students a relaxed, open-plan environment that is ideal for group study.

The book collection contains rare editions, reference volumes, critical guides and the latest releases. You will also find copies of the daily newspapers for reference use. 
The DVD collection was procured as a resource for our Film Studies courses. Films include classic Hollywood and British, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish cinema.

Medical and dental students can use the specialist medical libraries at Whitechapel and West Smithfield (site of Barts hospital).

The Library is open 24 hours around deadline time. It’s like a little city.
Fariah Khan, medical student

All students are able to access all library collections at other University of London colleges via Inter-Library Loan, as well as use the Senate House Library. The Senate House Library has more than two million titles and around 5,500 current periodical titles.

See the Library website for more information.

Mile End Library Opening Hours

Semester 3

Monday 12 June – 10 September

Monday-Friday 8:00-19:30

Saturday-Sunday closed

Monday 28 August (Bank Holiday)


Service availability during term-time opening hours

An enquiry service is available at the Welcome Desk:

  • from 8:00 to 21:30 Monday to Friday and from 13:00 to 20:00 on weekends during term time (until 9 June 2017);
  • from 8:00 to 19:30 Monday to Friday only during Christmas and Summer vacations (from 10 June 2017 to 17 September 2017).

Self-service facilities are available throughout all Library opening hours.

Learning cafe opening hours

The Learning Cafe in the Mile End Library is operated by Queen Mary Students’ Union. Opening hours are on the QMSU website.

Useful links



Self Service

Library System – Library Catalogue (Endeca)

Service group: Help, Support, and Policy Services
Users: Staff

Service Description

The library catalogue (Endeca) brings together the traditional catalogue, the Library’s web and past exam papers pages, its online databases, ejournals and other electronic resources, and the Library of the Intellectual Property Archive into a single interface for a single, seamless search and discovery experience of all these sources.
The library catalogue is available to all users via the Internet, although a College IT Services account is required to experience the full range of catalogue services, including requesting unavailable materials and access to online resources. The catalogue updates nightly, and interfaces dynamically with source services for up-to-the-moment physical materials availability, self-service functions (renew loans, reserve books &c), and for links to the Library’s extensive online books, journals and databases.

How to access: http://whatsinthe.library.qmul.ac.uk/index?N=0

How to request this service

Self-service: Helpdesk

Lead time

Library Catalogue (Endeca) related requests should be made 5 working days in advance


There is no cost to the user for this service, but it is a role based service so will need local approval prior to requesting access.


Hours of Service: 24/7/365
Supported Monday to Friday 8am–6pm (excluding bank holidays and university closure days).


Contact the IT Helpdesk
Call: +44 (0)20 7882 8888
Email: helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk
Visit: Queens’ Building, Room W209, Mile End
Self-service: Helpdesk

Dependent service

This service is dependent on Infrastructure Services