About the Book a reading room visit service

Our reading room services are suspended until further notice.

See our news story for more information.

You can choose whether to book a visit with either a standard advance document order (up to 12 documents plus three reserves) or with a bulk advance document order (if you want to see 20-40 documents all from the same series).

After you book a visit, you will receive an email asking you to complete your booking reservation by completing a document order form within 48 hours. You will need a reader’s ticket (if you don’t have one you can register for one) and your document references at this stage.

Booking terms

Visits must be booked at least a week in advance. After an initial 4-week release, we will continue to make tickets available on a rolling weekly basis every Monday afternoon.

Each booking is for one person only on a first come, first served basis – you will not be able to bring anyone with you, unless they book a visit themselves or have a duty of care. Please be thoughtful and considerate of others when you book – we may cancel your booking if you exceed our reasonable limit of two bookings per month.

We will not permit anyone to enter the building who has not pre-booked a visit, so please do not travel if you have not been able to book as we will not be able to let you in.

We are able to offer a small number of camera stands for use in the reading rooms – these must also be booked in advance. You can also request library materials, finding aids and microfilm/fiche for your visit – these must be requested in advance when you order your documents.

Please note that we are currently unable to provide many of our usual reading room services, including research advice, copying and access to our computers.

Read more about what to expect when you visit.