The Library building is now open.

Please remember, booking is essential in order to visit the Library and browse the stacks or use the reading rooms. Members will not be permitted beyond the Issue Hall without having a pre-booked day pass.  You do not need to book a slot to return or collect books but please make sure you have had confirmation that your items are ready for collection.

The Library is open:

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

Day passes to work in the Library or access the book stacks are available from 10am on Monday to Friday and 9.30am on Saturday, and are valid from the time you book until the building closes.

If you cannot get the slot you want please do check back again or contact Reception as we are often able to release new slots, especially when we have received cancellations. 

If you have booked a slot and are no longer able to attend please tell us as soon as you can, including on the day, as there will be another member able to take that slot. You can cancel your slot either by using the cancel button on your booking confirmation email (or the reminder that is received 24 hours before your booking), by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 020 7766 4700.


See Online Booking Page