Day visitors

Use the library for a day, with discounts available for students from other institutions

Day visitors can have reference use of our extensive collections, walk-in access to our online services and use of computers/audio-visual facilities. Photocopying and printing are charged separately. During the pandemic the library is operating on reduced hours and capacity. See our visitors guidelines page for details. 

Day visitor fees

Our standard fee is £20 per day or £10 for students upon production of valid student ID. Please contact the library or call 020 8938 2520 a few days in advance to book an appointment. Please note we don’t accept visitor appointments on Wednesdays during term time. Before visiting us, please have a look at our collections to ensure our service is suitable for your needs. Some items may be excluded from day visitor use.

Visiting hours

Academic term

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.


Visiting times may change during vacation periods. If you are planning a visit please check our general information page for opening hours or contact us well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check academic term dates here.

Important note on copying

The European Directive on Copyright requires that any copying by visitors must be for non-commercial purposes, and not for direct or indirect financial gain, otherwise a copyright and administration fee of £12 per article/extract in addition to the photocopying charge will be incurred.

Paying for your visit

Payment must be made online. Payment can only be made on the day of visit and on the library premises with assistance from library staff.

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