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With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form.


Our evening opening arrangements for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays have now changed

On Mondays and Tuesdays members will be able to use the Library until 9pm.

On Wednesday evenings the Library will normally close at 5.30pm to help support evening venue hire and public events, which are an important source of income for us. On many occasions, however, we will be able to stay open for longer as many public events are sufficiently self-contained that they can be hosted in the Reading Room without restricting member access to other parts of the Library. Where this is the case, the Library - with the exception of the Reading Room - will remain open to members until 9pm. 


Upcoming dates

The Library will be open until 9pm on the following Wednesdays. Please note, the Reading Room and Writer's Room will not be open:

6 March

24 April

8 May

22 May

More to be announced.


Summary of revised opening hours:

Mondays: 9.30am-9.00pm

Tuesdays: 9.30am-9.00pm

Wednesdays: 9.30am-5.30pm; or 9.30am-9.00pm when events in the Reading Room are compatible with maintaining member access to other parts of the Library

Thursdays: 9.30am-5.30pm

Fridays: 9.30am-5.30pm

Saturdays: 9.30am-5.30pm

Sundays: Closed


Andrew Marr


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