GHIL Library – Access and Services
Joining and Visiting the Library
The library is open to anyone with an interest in German history, Anglo-German relations or comparative historiography. There are no membership or joining fees.
New readers should book an appointment (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for a virtual induction (offered via Zoom, Mondays 12pm and Wednesdays 4pm, or by arrangement) before their first visit, and register in person at reception on their first visit. A filled out registration form, passport photo and recent proof of address must be provided at this point so that a library card can be issued (free of charge).
All readers are requested to demonstrate their COVID-19 status at our reception by providing proof of the following:
- Full vaccination (first and second dose), with the second dose administered at least 14 days before your visit, OR
- A negative lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours before your visit.
For further information on COVID-19 safety measures, see the Library Regulations below.
Unfortunately, group tours of the building are not possible at the moment.
Opening hours: Monday- Friday, 9.30am-5pm
The library is close to several Tube stations (Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Holborn) and numerous bus routes. It is within easy walking distance of the British Library, the LSE, UCL and the various other colleges and research institutes in Bloomsbury.
Access to the GHIL from the street is via a few steps. A ramp can be provided to enable wheelchair users to enter the building. Please contact us in advance if assistance is required (email@example.com). A lift connects all floors of the building and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. An induction loop is provided in the reception area.
The library offers quiet and spacious work areas in a beautiful historical building, with individual desks or group work areas available as required. Please contact library staff in advance if you are planning group work as desk space cannot be guaranteed (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Qualified library staff are available to answer enquiries and offer assistance with research. They can be found in the Library Office on the ground floor.
The Common Room on the first floor offers a space for relaxation and interaction with other readers. Eating and drinking are permitted in this room, and readers can also browse current issues of periodicals and selected recent acquisitions of books. Please be aware that use of the Common Room is currently restricted to three people at any one time, and that the provision of tea/coffee and daily newspapers has been suspended until further notice.
Internet access is provided via the computer terminals in the reading rooms (according to the library’s Internet Use Guidelines), and WiFi is free of charge to registered users. Please enquire at reception to receive a password.
A cloakroom with lockers for readers’ coats and bags can be found on the ground floor. Keys must be handed in at Reception if readers wish to leave the building during their visit, and all lockers must be emptied overnight.
There are facilities for photocopying or scanning to personal USB or mobile devices. A reader-printer and scanner is available for microfilm and microfiche resources. Digital cameras can be used to photograph books provided the flash is turned off.
Number of photocopies Full price Student discount (with student ID)
10 pages £ 1.00 n/a
30 pages £ 3.00 £ 2.50
50 pages £ 5.00 £ 4.00
Readers are responsible for complying with UK copyright law.