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COVID-19 and visiting the Library

Due to the need for social distancing, visitors must currently book a desk in advance

Read our FAQs on visiting the library during COVID-19

Access and security

If you are visiting the Library for the first time, check our membership page to see what you need to bring with you in order to request a reader's card.

Please show your valid reader's card at the main Reception desk each time you enter the Library. You should also sign the visitors’ book when you first arrive.

Bags are not permitted in the Library. All bags should be stored in a locker before entering the Library. Ask at the Reading Room desk if you would like to buy a clear plastic bag to hold your belongings.

Large suitcases, holdalls and rucksacks are not permitted in the Institute.  Bags must be small enough to be stored in a locker (41 x 24 x 42 cm). There are left luggage facilities at Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras International rail stations where larger luggage may be stored while you visit the Library. 

Valuable items should not be left unattended in the Library. The Warburg Institute accepts no responsibility if such items are damaged or stolen while in the Library. 

A buzzer is sounded 20 minutes and 10 minutes before the library closes. Please make sure that you leave promptly at closing time.

You must show your bags at Reception when you leave the building. The Library is a reference-only collection and borrowing is not permitted.