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About our library

The collection covers all the principal areas of theology and philosophy with a particular emphasis on works in the Catholic tradition. It is used by both students and researchers, and includes complete runs of periodicals, some of which are unique in this country.

Access to the Heythrop Library is open to researchers, academics and those with a serious interest in theology and philosophy.

When the reception is not staffed, the front door to the building might be locked, in which case please either ring or email us.

Library Catalogue

We have a wonderful collection of over 200,000 volumes. Find what you are looking for in the Library Catalogue.

Library opening hours

DuringLJC teaching terms:
1st term | Tue 20 Sep – Sat 10 Dec 2022
2nd term | Tue 17 Jan – Thu 30 March 2023
3rd term| Tue 2 May – Sat 15 July 2023

Monday |9.30 am – 5.30 pm *
Tuesday | 9.30 am – 6.30 pm *
Wednesday | 9.30 am – 6.30 pm *
Thursday | 9.30 am – 6.30 pm *
Friday | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm *
Saturday | closed
Sunday | closed

*Please note: No admittance during the lunch break each day: 1.00 – 2.00pm, and 15 minutes before closing time.

Please check before travelling, especially if you are coming from a distance.

The Library will be closed in:

Christmastide closure
Mon 26 Dec 2022 (last day open Fri 23 Dec)
Tue 3 Jan 2023(first day open in 2023:Wed 4 Jan 2023)

Our holdings

Explore our library’s full collections of books, periodicals, serials and more.


Membership and library access

If you want to use the Heythrop Library’s Mount Street reading room and collections  you will need either to become a member of the Heythrop Library, or be a member of Senate House Library. You can enquire about becoming a member of Heythrop Library below.

To access the library for research as a non-member, you can obtain a reference pass. Researchers with a valid Senate House Library card can consult Heythrop Library Mount Street items as reference only.

Frequently asked questions

FAQ for members

The history of Heythrop Library

The Heythrop Library dates back to 1614 when the Jesuits founded their college in Leuven dedicated to the education of future Jesuit priests preparing for work in what was then the English mission.

Most recently, it was the library of Heythrop College, University of London.  When the College closed in 2019, the Jesuits in Britain, who are its owners, remained committed to the upkeep and development of the collection both for the continued use of those training for ministry in the Church and of the wider academic community. It also supports the studies of those engaged in programmes here at the London Jesuit Centre.

Contact us

Heythrop Library,
London Jesuit Centre
114 Mount Street
London W1K 3AH
United Kingdom