Following the Government’s announcement of a relaxation of lockdown conditions, we are delighted to confirm that the Library will be able to open its building again on Monday 12 April.

So we can manage numbers in accordance with social distancing requirements you’ll need to pre-book a slot if you want to work in the Library or browse the collection. You won’t need a booking, however, if you are simply dropping off or picking up books that have been set aside for you.

As part of our reopening arrangements we’re pleased to announce that a new temporary reading room has been created on the first floor of TS Eliot House. The Art Reading Room has 14 desks adding to the number of socially distanced workspaces across the Library.

The measures we introduced previously to keep the everybody safe will remain, and all members will need to wear a face covering in all areas of the building unless exempt, regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated. We are grateful for your continued adherence to these requirements.

The Library will be open:

  • 10am-9pm on Mondays to Tuesdays
  • 10am-5.30pm Wednesdays to Fridays
  • 9.30am-5.30pm Saturdays

As before, some shared services aren’t available. This includes shared printing and screen services (the Member Services team will be on hand to assist with providing alternative services where possible) and there will be no access to the members’ kitchen or any refreshment facilities.

You can find all of our reopening FAQs on our website.

For those not able to visit the Library in person the enhanced postal loans service (with free postage to members and an increased borrowing allowance) will continue. Our extensive eLibrary and eBooks remain available as normal.

Please note that for any books requested from 6 April, members will need to choose whether they wish the books to be sent to them or whether they would prefer to collect them from the Library when we open.

We are extremely appreciative of the support and encouragement our members have provided during lockdown and we are thrilled to be able to welcome you back!