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

On Monday and Tuesday evenings 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 which is an important source of income for us.

On many occasions, however, we will be able to stay open until 9pm as often public events are sufficiently self-contained that they can be hosted in the first floor reading rooms without restricting member access to other parts of the Library. Where this is the case, the Library - with the exception of the Reading Room, Writers' Room and Sackler Study - will remain open to members until 9pm. 

We will provide regular updates in advance on this website page and via our monthly newsletters about the Wednesday dates where we are able to offer later opening hours .


Upcoming Dates

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

Wednesday 13 November

Wednesday 20 November

Wednesday 27 November

Wednesday 11 December


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


Closed Dates

August 2019: Saturday 24 and Monday 26

Christmas 2019 – Tuesday 24 December, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27

New Year – Closing at 5.30pm on Tuesday 31, Wednesday 1 January 2020