Preparing to re-open our reading rooms in April

We are pleased to confirm that we are planning to re-open our reading rooms on Tuesday 27 April, in Step 2 of the government roadmap out of lockdown.

When our reading rooms re-open, our services will include:

  • Over 100 reading room places per day, five days a week (Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00-14:50)
  • 12 documents per day limit, plus three reserve documents in case of unavailability
  • Two-day places available for visitors wishing to research bulk document orders (between 20 and 40 documents from the same catalogue series)
  • Supplementary research resources, including finding aids, microfilm/fiche and library materials, available to pre-order
  • Staffed enquiry desks and access to computers for visitors using the reading rooms.

All visitors must continue to book their visit and order their documents in advance. This helps us to maintain the safety measures that remain in place, including document quarantine and social distancing.

Our priority will be to give access to as many people as possible and demand is likely to be high. We will therefore initially be asking visitors to book a maximum of two visits in a rolling four-week period. We will keep this limit, and all of our arrangements, under regular review.

We will provide further details about our re-opening, including details of how to book, through our website and social media channels.

Status of our other public services

We look forward to resuming our full public service in the future. While site access is limited, the status of our other public services is as follows: