The Reading Room is open to the public with a restricted service. You will have to book your place online before your visit. For more details on this and to read strict guidelines regarding the nature of the restricted service and what is expected of you go to Guidelines on re-opening.
Please note that it is currently not possible to request a full reader's ticket. We hope to be able to restore the service as soon as possible.
Anyone over 16 years of age may apply for a reader's ticket. Tickets are valid for a period of 3 years and give readers access to all our collections.
Please bear in mind that in order to gain a full reader's ticket you must bring with you 2 proofs of identity, one of them showing your current address.
Visitors under 16 years of age can apply to visit some areas of our Reading Rooms under certain restrictions.
You can register online to start the process of becoming a reader before your visit. This will make it easier and quicker when you visit us in person.
You will receive your membership details which you can use straight away to order material from our Catalogue in advance of your visit.
Becoming an online member may also provide you with access to the Library's Subscriptions. For more details see the What can I access page
Staff in Reception will update your details, take your photograph, and provide you with a new ticket. Please bring your old ticket with you, together with proof of your current address, if this has changed since your previous ticket was issued.
At present, you will have to register again when your online ticket expires, and receive a new ticket number.