The Women's Library Reading Room is located on the fourth floor of the Library. It is available for consultation of our archives and special collections, including:
Monday to Friday: 10.30am – 5pm
Saturday: by appointment
Just email with the details of when you want to visit and what you want to use.
Order up to 3 items a minimum of 2 working days in advance of your visit. You can order additional items when you are here.
Provide us with full details of what you require:
file reference (eg 'HCA/CHE/2/1', '3AMS/A/01/22')
box number (for items from The Women’s Library, as given in the catalogue description)
URL link to the item
Sign up for membership. The membership application process can take up to 5 working days.
In your application include details of when you want to visit and what you want to use.
Search our catalogues to find out more about the collections that we hold in order to identify material that is relevant to your research.
Contact the Library if you need assistance identifying material relevant to your research.
Take your own photographs of items. Flash photography and scanners are not permitted.
Make sure you follow copyright guidance. Responsibility for infringement of copyright is borne by the person making the copy, and the person (if different) for whom the copy is being made.
See our guide on copying.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 researchers are responsible for the personal data they obtain and the subsequent use they make of it.
See our guide on data protection.
Files may be listed on the archives catalogue as closed or unavailable to users. To find out more see our Freedom of Information guidance.