The Institute of English Studies’ collections are mainly integrated within Senate House Library. Central to our collections are the History of the Book teaching collection, the Museum of Writing and the T. Sturge Moore Collection.

Book Studies Collection overview

The collection includes books, periodicals and pamphlets relating to the study of books, newspapers and periodicals in all their aspects and in all major West European languages. It encompasses writing, printing, publishing, reading, collecting and the physical structure of books, newspapers and periodicals.

Collection strengths include:

History of printing, publishing and bookselling in Britain
Catalogues and histories of libraries
Range of material in French, German, Italian and Spanish
Historic depth of holdings, with publications from the 17th to the 21st centuries
History of newspapers and periodicals
International scope, including the Commonwealth, Latin America and the United States

English Collection overview

The collection covers all aspects of English Studies, from the earliest origins to the present day, with a strong focus on English literature. The collection is particularly strong in the following areas:

The medieval period (c.450-1500)
The early modern period (c.1500-1700)
19th-mid-20th century
Post-colonial literatures in English
Critical theory and comparative literature
The book collection is also significantly enhanced by a rich periodicals collection with holdings dating back to the 17th century.


SAS-Space is an online library for humanities and social sciences research outputs, providing a permanent archive for scholars and researchers.

The Institute aims to make available a number of its publications in SAS-Space. Items including the documentary outcomes of research projects, University Trust Lectures (e.g. the John Coffin and the Hilda Hulme Memorial lectures), papers from presentations given at or in association with the Institute, including selected research seminar papers, and outstanding dissertations at Masters and Doctoral level will be progressively and retrospectively added.

View the Institute's collections in SAS-Space.