London Library facilities

Trained staff are available to provide help and assistance with the use of all facilities.

Internet access

Free WiFi is located around the Library and can be accessed using a password which is available at the Library. Laptops and other reading devices may be used throughout the building, and laptop stands can be borrowed from the Librarian's desk in the Reading Room. Some desks in the bookstack areas have an accessible power supply. Personal equipment should never be left unattended and is used at your own risk. Secure laptop lockers are located in the Issue Hall and in the basement; keys are available at Reception.

Photocopying and scanning facilities

Self-service, card-operated photocopying and scanning facilities are provided in the Catalogue Hall (charge payable). Please note that the Library’s copiers are not licensed for any commercial copying of material in copyright under the provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations (2003). All photocopying of Library material is subject to copyright restrictions and preservation considerations. Members may request copies from books, periodicals, pamphlets, and electronic publications to be sent to them, subject to copyright restrictions and preservation considerations, at a small additional charge. Please contact Country Orders to use this service.

Cloakroom facilities

Bags and cases may not be taken into the Library and should be left in the lockers provided in the Issue Hall. Transparent bags are provided for use in the Library. Coats and umbrellas may be left in the cloakroom area, at members’ own risk.

Bike Storage

The Library has a bike shed for any members wishing to cycle in/visit the Library by bike. To set up access to the bike shed please visit the Reception team at T.S. Eliot House with your membership card. 


Toilets are located in the Basement and also off the main staircase – first floor (Gentlemen) and second (Ladies); and off the staircase in T.S. Eliot House – mezzanine floor (Ladies) and second floor (Gentlemen).

Facilities for members with disabilities

  • Entrance offering level access into the building from Mason’s Yard via a platform lift, with trained staff on hand to assist with its operation if required – 2 wheelchair-accessible lifts between them serve all reading rooms and the majority of floors in the Central Stack, St James’s Building, and T.S. Eliot House
  • Wheelchair-accessible enquiry and service counter
  • Specific reader spaces or areas may be booked in advance for those with access-related needs
  • Accessible toilets in the basement reached via the main lift – Portable induction loop at Reception
  • Video screen reader available for those with visual impairments
  • Magnifying glasses available on request
  • Staff are always available to retrieve books and deliver them to wherever needed within the Library

Fire evacuation

In the event of the fire alarms sounding, please follow the signs to the nearest fire exit and evacuate the building immediately, or wait at the nearest refuge point and use the call button to alert staff.

Reprographic Services

Self-service photocopying and scanning facilities are available. Members may also request copies to be made on their behalf. The Library's photocopiers are not licensed for any commercial copying of in copyright material under the provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations (2003). Members are required to complete a Copyright Declaration form for all copying carried out by Library staff.

Copying charges:

A4 sheet: 15p

A3 sheet: 20p

Service charge up to 10 copies: no charge

Each additional 10 copies: 50p

Any postal costs will be added to the above charges. Please note that a number of the books in the Library are unsuitable for copying. Examples include very old or fragile books or folio volumes.

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