Currently, the Library is operating under our summer opening hours. However, regular opening hours at the Library will change as of Monday 5 January 2015. Reading rooms and the bookshop will be brought into alignment with our galleries, and therefore will open at 10 am. For a full list of new regular opening hours please visit

The Special Collections Reading Room will open on Monday 5 January 2015, coinciding with the change in opening hours. The new integrated Special Collections Reading Room will provide access to special collections and specialist curatorial advice. 

As of Monday 5 January, the existing Pictures and Manuscripts,  Maps and Petherick reading rooms will be closed and those collections will be delivered in the new Special Collections Reading Room. 

For complete opening hours, see