What can I expect when I visit?

We’re doing all we can to help everyone feel safe when they’re on site, but we need your help too.

We recommend visitors wear a face covering during their visit. We also encourage visitors to wash their hands regularly and maintain a reasonable distance from each other.

We do not allow gloves to be worn in our reading rooms, unless you are handling photographs, in line with long-standing guidance relating to the preservation of our collection. All visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly before and after their visit to the reading rooms.