Visiting the Library

The Library and Archives are open to researchers and members of the public. Access is free of charge.

Library

New readers

New readers are always welcome and it is not necessary to make an appointment.

On your first visit you will need to complete the registration form (doc) and bring proof of address (such as a utility bill) and photographic identification (such as a passport) with you.

You are welcome to contact us before your visit to ensure you get the most out of it.

Borrowing books

Books in the ‘Biography’, ‘History’, and ‘Fellows in Fiction’ sections may be borrowed for up to 21 days.

Readers are asked to apply for a Reader ID card (pdf) before items are issued. Card-holders may borrow up to 5 books at a time.

Photography

Visitors are welcome to take their own digital photographs of material (without flash). Please complete this photography form (doc) beforehand.

Internet access

Free WiFi is available and computers are provided for access to the Society's online resources.

Disabled access

The Library is located on the first floor of the building but is accessible by wheelchair. Please let us know if you have any needs in advance of your visit, so that every effort can be made to assist you.

Photocopying

To make a request for photocopying, please complete this photocopying copyright form (doc).

Photocopying costs 27p per A4 sheet and 36p per A3 sheet. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit/credit card.

All photocopying is carried out at our discretion and is dependent on the age and condition of the material. Material over 100 years old can generally not be copied.

For external orders, there is a minimum charge of £5.00, plus an additional charge for postage and packing (£2.00 for UK orders, £3.00 for overseas). Please contact the library to place an external order.

Inter-library loans

We are able to lend monographs published post-1950. Please read our policy on inter-library loans (doc).

Opening hours

The Library Reading Room is open to the public from 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday (closed on bank holidays).

 Please read about visiting the library if you are coming here for the first time.

Rules for readers

Please read the Rules for readers (PDF) before visiting.