We welcome researchers to use our library and archives. Here’s what you need to know before you come.
The library and archives are open to researchers Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Registering as a reader
In order to use the library, you need to register as a reader. Bring identification and proof of address when you first visit. We’ll give you a library card to use next time you come.
We’re here to help you find whatever you need. To make sure your visit goes smoothly, please have a look at the library’s electronic catalogue then email your requests before you come. If you turn up with a request, we’ll do our best to help swiftly but there may be a delay while we find the item.
To make sure things don’t get lost or damaged, the library and archives collections are reference only. That means you can’t borrow any of the books or documents and we don’t have open shelves.
If you want to see anything from the archives, please email us in advance and let us know what you need. Some items are kept offsite so we need time to get them before you come.
Each time you visit, please:
Sign the visitors’ book at the information desk.
Leave your bag in the cloakroom and use clear plastic bags for any material you want to bring into the library. You need a £1 coin (refundable) for the lockers in the cloakroom.
Don’t write on any library materials.
Computers and internet access
You’re welcome to bring your laptop. Each reading area has a power socket and there’s free WiFi.
Photocopying and photographing materials
Our staff can make photocopies and take photographs of materials for you to take away. If you want to take your own pictures, you can buy a photography licence which costs £10 per day. Find out more about photocopying and image use, including fees, here.
We’re here to help with your research
If you need advice, the librarian and archivist are available to help you with your research and answer questions about our collections. Please email us with any questions.
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