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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. We are solely funded by the Jesuits in Britain, and do not receive any other/public funds. Therefore, we are a members-only Library, and you might need to pay for accessing our collections, or using our reading room at the London Jesuit Centre.
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.
We have a wonderful collection of over 200,000 volumes. Find what you are looking for in the Library Catalogue. Watch screencast tutorial for how to search the library catalogue (3'12")
Upcoming scheduled closures and changes to standard hours:
Friday 29 March (Good Friday)
Monday 1 April (Easter Monday)
[new] Wednesday 10 April 2024
[new] Thursday 11 April 2024
[new] Friday 12 April 2024
Monday 6 May 2024 (Early May bank holiday)
Monday 27 May 2024 (Spring bank holiday)
Monday 26 August 2024 (Summer bank holiday)
For further UK public holidays (when we are closed), please see
Please check before travelling, especially if you are coming from a distance.
Please note: No admittance during the lunch break each day: 1.00 – 2.00pm, and 15 minutes before closing time.
During LJC teaching terms:
2nd term| Mon 15 Jan – Fri 29 March 2024
3rd term| Mon 29 Apr – 12 July
[1st term of 2023-24 academic year| Mon 25 Sep - Sat 9 Dec 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 – 6.00 pm
Saturday | 9.30 am - 2.00 pm
Sunday | closed
Opening hours outside LJC teaching times:
Monday | 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday | 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Wednesday | 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Thursday | 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Friday | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday | closed
Sunday | closed
Explore our library’s full collections of books, periodicals, serials and more.
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. The FAQ lists different membership options.
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.
Heythrop Library members share how and why they benefit from the collection, library services, and the Mount Street reading room.
If you are a member and would like to contribute to the testimonials, please email us.
“I’ve been a member of the Heythrop Library at the London Jesuit Centre for a couple of years now. At the Cathedral in my home town I study, and undertake courses in, theology in my retirement including New Testament Greek.The library is particularly useful for borrowing books to take away and study at leisure as well as on site. It is a lovely peaceful space and the librarians are most helpful and welcoming. They let me know when offsite books I have ordered arrive and I come in to pick them up.
I consider it well worth the membership fee when I happen not to be
undertaking a course at the Centre.”
“One of the joys of preparing for the priesthood was the formation in the
intellectual life and the access to some wonderful libraries, at seminary and
The amazing collection of Philosophy, Theology and Scripture volumes, not to mention their journals, allowed the pursuit of all kinds of questions that arose in faith and life to one’s satisfaction. While one might no longer have such time at disposal as a priest, the questions only increase – and quick access to such material becomes even more essential.
Sadly, the few specialist Catholic academic libraries open to the public in the UK have all dried up over the years.
Which is why I was delighted that the British Jesuits had made the Heythrop
Library accessible to the public and generously made space for it at Farm
Street, in the heart of London.
The Church in the UK and all those interested in Philosophy and Theology
owe them a collective debt of gratitude.”
“I have recently found that in the area of philosophy you have a very deep collection off site but easily accessible within a day or two. […] The journal list is extremely impressive and the facility of the Library Reading room is excellent. As legal philosophy is my speciality the Library is especially valuable in having a good foreign language holding. Also you seem to have something of a budget and can make key ordering of books when requested. […] It is surprising to have such a tranquil facility in the most expensive center of an extremely hectic city.”
“The Jisc Library Hub led me to the Heythrop. Sometimes the Heythrop alone held a volume I wanted to consult, and often it was the only holding library readily accessible to me.
From the start, I was made to feel welcome. The small team provides an unfailingly personal and helpful service, always ready to do whatever possible to help me gain access to an article or book. The collection is tremendous, the catalogue and request system easy to use, and borrowing books couldn’t be simpler. Communications by email and in person have always been efficient and friendly.
The modest fee for membership justified itself in no time at all, and the reading room is a great spot in Mayfair for quiet study and reflection. A wonderful resource!”
“I use this library first of all as a safe space to gather my learning at the end of a day on the course. It is beautifully laid out so as to invite study, reading or even contemplating a day’s study. I request books to support my study and if I cannot find them Clemens and Naomi are so very helpful . The stock is updated regularly and our book lists are taken into account.
It is also a place where I am known by name and valued. Clemens and Naomi are welcoming and hospitable as well as very knowledgeable on the resources that I need. Nothing is too much trouble.
When my course finishes, I intend to remain a member.
A simply wonderful resource.
“This library is a wonderful resource.
Its range of books is really impressive. I have found the academic biblical commentaries have been especially useful. This library provides a great opportunity to develop one’s knowledge of the scriptures and general theology.
The atmosphere is both friendly and peaceful - ideal for reading, studying and reflecting.
This library is a great and valued gift in the heart of London.”
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.
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