An architectural cross-section by Haworth Tompkins depicting the possible design of the Warburg Institute

The £14.5m Warburg Renaissance project will transform our much-loved but long-neglected building by restoring its original vision and making it ready for future generations. The project will enhance the Institute's academic resources, teaching spaces and public offerings, and create new facilities for special collections, exhibitions and events.

Preparations run from April-June 2022. Building work is scheduled to begin in July 2022 and will last for 18 months. The building will be refurbished in three phases and a 2-storey new build extension will be constructed in the courtyard.

We will use this page to keep all visitors up to date with the progress of the work and how this affects the location of our collections.

Care has been taken to make sure that the majority of the collections will remain accessible throughout the works.

Building work and collection moves schedule

Decant / April-June 2022

4 - 22 April 2022: Periodicals (P classmarks; Basement) are moved off-site and remain inaccessible for the duration of the project.

25 April - 8 May 2022: The Photographic Collection is not accessible while it is packed and moved to nearby Stewart House. From 9 May 2022, please email paul.taylor@sas.ac.uk to organise your visit to the Photographic Collection at Stewart House.

9 - 19 May 2022: Orientation (B, G, A & F classmarks; 3rd & 4th floors) is moved to the Basement and will be inaccessible while it is packed and moved within the building. From 19 May, these books will be available in the Basement mobile stacks.

16 May - 1 July 2022: The Archive is not accessible while it is packed and moved to nearby Stewart House. After 2 July, visitors will be able to consult the Archive in Stewart House by appointment.

6 June - 10 June 2022: Action (D & H classmarks; 4th floor) is moved to the 1st floor space vacated by the Photographic Collection and will be inaccessible while it is packed and moved within the building. Access will be restored on the 1st floor. 

Phase 1 / July-December 2022: Floors 4 & 3 closed

Floors 4 and 3 are closed for refurbishment

Visitors can consult Archive and Photographic Collection material at the University of London's Stewart House throughout the building works

Action (D & H classmarks) is accessible on the 1st floor

Orientation (B, G, A & F classmarks) is accessible in the Basement

Word (E & N classmarks) is available for use on the 2nd floor

Image is available for use on the 1st floor (C classmarks) and Basement (K & CR classmarks)

Periodicals (P classmarks) remain in off-site storage and are not accessible

The rest of the Library collections remain in place.

Decant / Mid-December 2022-early January 2023

Action (classmarks D &H) is returned to the refurbished 4th floor and will be briefly inaccessible while it is packed and moved (dates to be confirmed)

Orientation (classmarks B, G, A & F) is returned to the refurbished 3rd floor and will be briefly inaccessible while it is packed and moved (dates tbc)

Word (E & N classmarks; 2nd floor) is moved to the Basement and will be briefly inaccessible while it is packed and moved (dates tbc)

Image (C classmarks; 1st floor) is moved to the 4th floor and Basement and will be briefly inaccessible while it is packed and moved (dates tbc). K & CR classmarks remain in place in the Basement.

Periodicals (P classmarks) remain in storage off-site and are not accessible

Phase 2 / January-June 2023: Floors 2 & 1 closed

The 3rd and 4th floors reopen after refurbishment; the 1st and 2nd floors close for building works

Visitors can consult Archive and Photographic Collection material at the University of London's Stewart House throughout the building works

Action (D & H classmarks) is available for use on the refurbished 4th floor

Orientation (B, G, A & F classmarks) is available for use on the refurbished 3rd floor

Word (E & N classmarks) is available for use in the Basement

Image (K, C & CR classmarks) is available for use in the Basement and the 4th floor

Periodicals (P classmarks) remain in storage off-site and are not accessible

Decant / mid-June - early July 2023

Word (E & N classmarks) will be briefly inaccessible while it is packed and moved back to the 2nd floor (dates to be confirmed)

Image (K, C & CR classmarks) will be briefly inaccessible while it is packed and moved back to the 1st floor (dates tbc)

Reading Room reference works (RR classmarks) are moved to off-site storage and will inaccessible until December 2023 (dates tbc)

Phase 3 / July-December 2023: Ground and Lower Ground floors closed

The 1st and 2nd floors reopen after refurbishment. The Ground floor Reading Room is closed and a temporary Reading Room is set up on the 4th floor. The Ground and Lower Ground floors close for building works.

Visitors can consult Archive and Photographic Collection material at the University of London's Stewart House throughout the building works

Action (D & H classmarks) is available for use on the refurbished 4th floor

Orientation (B, G, A & F classmarks) is available for use on the refurbished 3rd floor

Word (E & N classmarks) is available for use on the refurbished 2nd floor

Image (K, C & CR classmarks) is available for use on the refurbished 1st floor

Periodicals (P classmarks) and Reading Room reference works (RR classmarks) remain in storage off-site and are not accessible

Final decant / December 2023 - early January 2024

The project is completed

Periodicals and Special Collections (the Archive, Photographic Collection and the Library's rare books collection) are returned to the refurbished Lower Ground floor

Reading Room reference works (RR classmarks) are returned to the newly refurbished ground floor Reading Room

Weekly update

This week: 16-22 May

Books from Orientation on the 3rd and 4th floors (classmarks B, G, A and F) were unavailable to readers while they were moved to the Basement. Access has been restored on Thursday 19 May.

The 3rd floor library stacks and the Common Room are now closed.

The Archive is closed to visitors from 16 May - 1 July while it is packed up and moved to nearby Stewart House.

The Photographic Collection has moved to Stewart House and is available for consultation from this week. Please email the Curator, Paul Taylor, to arrange your visit: paul.taylor@sas.ac.uk

Special Collections

The Institute’s Special Collections – the Archive, Photographic Collection and the Library’s rare books and manuscripts – will be moved out of the building between April and June 2022.

They will be moved to the University of London’s Stewart House at 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN. Stewart House is a five minute walk from the Institute. A new Special Collections Reading Room will be opened for visitors, where material from the Archive, Photographic Collection and the Library's Special Collections will be available for consultation by appointment from May/June 2022 until the end of the building project in December 2023.

Photographic Collection

The Photographic Collection has now moved to its temporary new home in Stewart House (32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN), where it will remain until the end of the building works in December 2023.

The Photographic Collection welcomes visitors. Please email Dr Paul Taylor (paul.taylor@sas.ac.uk) to arrange an appointment. Visits are by appointment only. Please don't go directly to Stewart House.

Archive

While the Archive is being packed and moved to its temporary new home in Stewart House (32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN), it will be unavailable for consultation between 16 May - 1 July 2022.

From 2 July, visitors will be able to consult Archive material in Stewart House, a five minute walk from the Warburg Institute.

Please email warburg.archive@sas.ac.uk to organise your visit.

Library rare books and manuscripts

While the Library's special collections are being packed and moved to their temporary new home in Stewart House (32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN), they will be unavailable for consultation between 10 - 15 June 2022.

From 16 June, please ask at the Reading Room enquiries desk or email warburg.library@sas.ac.uk if you would like to consult items from the Library's special collections. These are designated as Warburg Rare Books/Apply to staff on the library catalogue. Special collections materials will not be available on Saturdays. We may require 24 hours warning in order to provide access to rare books and manuscripts in the Stewart House Reading Room.

Basement

Periodicals

The Library’s periodicals (P classmarks) have been moved off-site from 4 April 2022 and will be inaccessible throughout the works. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes.

Check our the library catalogue and Periodicals List or to see which of our periodicals are available online either from the Warburg Institute or as open access journals.

All readers with a valid Warburg Library card can access JSTOR by logging in through our Online Resources and Databases page. Click on the JSTOR link and, when prompted, enter your name and the barcode number on the back of your Warburg Library card.

The Reading Room

Reading Room reference works

The ground floor Reading Room will be closed during Phase 3 of the building works, from July to December 2023. During this time, Reading Room reference works will inaccessible while they are temporarily stored off-site.

1st floor

Image: Art History (C)

The 1st floor will be closed during Phase 2 of the building works, from January to June 2023.

During this time, Art History books from the 1st floor will be made available in two different locations. Some will be temporarily moved to the 4th floor while others will be relocated to the Basement, alongside K (Ancient Art) and CR (Modern Art) classmarks which are currently shelved there.

When Phase 2 is completed in June 2023, all Art History books (K, C and CR classmarks) will be moved to the 1st floor.

2nd floor

Word: Language & Literature (E), Transmission of Classical Texts (N) 

The 2nd floor will be closed during Phase 2 of the building works, from January to June 2023.

During this time, E and N classmarks from the 2nd floor will be temporarily rehoused in the Basement mobile shelving and will be available for use there.

When Phase 2 is completed in June 2023, E and N classmarks will be returned to the 2nd floor.

3rd & 4th floor

Orientation: Western Religions (B), Eastern Religions (G), Philosophy (A), Magic & Science (F)

Classmarks starting with B, G, A and F are now available for use in the Basement.

The 3rd and 4th floors will be closed during Phase 1 of the building works, from July to December 2022.

When Phase 1 is completed in December 2022, B, G, A and F classmarks will be returned to the 3rd floor.

4th floor

Action: Society & Culture (D), History (H)

The 4th floor will be closed during Phase 1 of the building works, from July to December 2022.

Classmarks starting with D and H will be inaccessible from 6 - 10 June 2022 while they are packed and moved to their new temporary locations in the Institute.

After 10 June, D and H classmarks from the 4th floor will be available on the 1st floor in the area vacated by the Photographic Collection.

When Phase 1 is completed in December 2022, H and D classmarks will return to the 4th floor.

Noisy works

Noisy works timetable

Noisy works during the construction period will be in accordance with the times below:

08.00 - 10.00: Unrestricted noisy works

10.00 - 12.00: Noise from construction site to be less than 45dB within all areas of the building still occupied by the Warburg (i.e., typical library noise conditions)

12.00 - 14.00: Unrestricted noisy works

14.00 - 18.00: Noise from construction site to be less than 45dB within all areas of the building still occupied by the Warburg (i.e., typical library noise conditions)

There are also a number of 'Quiet Days' agreed in advance when no noisy works will take place. These will be for events, exams etc.

The Warburg Renaissance project

The Warburg Renaissance will transform the Warburg Institute by restoring its original vision and making it ready for future generations