Visiting & access

Queen Square in the snow

The collections are open to researchers, students and members of the public by prior appointment during Library opening hours.

We regret that we are not always able to accommodate enquiries without an appointment. We will endeavour to respond to written enquiries and requests within 21 days. If you are unable to visit we will always try to help where we can, but we are unable to undertake extensive research on your behalf.

Access to the library space is via a short flight of stairs to the ground floor of the building and then stairs or a lift to the 1st floor. A platform lift is available to reach the ground floor but please contact us in advance to arrange for an operator to be available. This is the only step free access into the building.

(Please note that you do not need an appointment to view our exhibitions, but please check our opening hours in advance, and bring some provide proof of identity (e.g. driving licence or bank card) with you)

Please remember that our collections are increasingly available online. Please check the New and interesting section and About the Archives pages

“As a researcher working from afar, I was pleased by the quick response, and by the amount of information available online”

Please see the following pages for further information: