Opening Hours

The  Library will close for Easter  at 7.30pm on Thursday 2 April and will reopen at 10am on Tuesday 14 April 2015.


Due to essential building work access to our printed collections will be severely curtailed until at least August 2015. If you are planning to visit the Library during this period to consult our printed collections please contact us as far in advance as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Access to archives and manuscripts will be unaffected.

 The Library is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10am to 7.30pm on Thursdays. Last document orders are at 4.30pm (including Thursday evenings). If you intend to arrive at the Library after 4.30pm on Thursday please order your material 48hrs in advance. This can be done either in the reading room or by emailing Please note that the Library is closed on Mondays.


Appointments are not necessary, but please read the page on 'Using the Library' for details of how to obtain a reader's ticket.

The Library is closed on public holidays, for 10 days at Christmas beginning on Christmas Eve, for ten days at Easter beginning on Good Friday, and exceptionally at other times.