Visiting and Using the Library

The Library is open, without charge, to anyone engaged in research or genuinely interested in the objects of the Warburg Institute

Admission to the Library

Category of Reader

Documents Needed

  • Academic staff at UK universities and from abroad
  • PhD/MPhil students at UK universities and from abroad
  • Professional staff of public museums, libraries, galleries or any form of public administration
  • Proof of status (valid staff/student card*) and photographic ID
  • MA students at UK universities and visiting postgraduates from abroad
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library
  • Proof of status (valid student card) and photographic ID
  • Undergraduates at UK universities and from abroad
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library and length of access required (NB: undergraduates are normally only issued with temporary tickets)
  • Proof of status (valid student card) and photographic ID
  • Private scholars
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library
  • Photographic ID

Library Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm.
Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

August and September: 
Monday to Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Closed Saturday/Sunday

Admission is not normally given to students on non-university courses, students on diploma courses, or extramural students; they can, however, apply to the Librarian if they need to consult specific material held in the Library.

* Your staff/student card must indicate clearly that you are academic staff or a research student.  If it does not, please bring a letter from your department confirming your status.

University of London teachers wishing to arrange access for MA or specialist undergraduate classes should write to the Librarian at the beginning of the academic term, indicating needs and length of access required, and providing a list of students.


Raphaële Mouren 

Acting Reading Room Librarian, Periodicals: 
Clare Lappin 

Bibliographic services, Conservation Officer: Philip Young 

Digital Librarian:Richard Gartner

Library Administrator: 
Jonathan Rolls 

Cataloguer: Carole Russell 

Reading Room Assistant: 
Nessa Malone 

Library Assistant (Reading Room):
 Claudia Daniotti   

Library Administrator: 
Jonathan Rolls 

Graduate Library Trainees 
2016 - 2017: 

Alexandra Frost
Argula Rublack

Holiday Closure Dates


Easter 2017: Thursday 13 April 2017 - Tuesday 18 April 2017 inclusive

Saturday 29 April -  Monday 1 May 2017 inclusive

Saturday 27 - Monday 29 May 2017 inclusive

Saturday 26 - Monday 28 August 2017 inclusive

Christmas 2017/New Year 2018: Monday 25 December 2017 - Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive

Easter Holiday: Thursday 29 March 2018 - Tuesday 3 April 2018 inclusive

Saturday 4 May - Monday 7 May 2018 inclusive

Saturday 26 May - Monday 28 May 2018 inclusive

Saturday 25 August - Monday 27 August 2018 inclusive


Photocopying, Scanning and Printing

All material to be copied must be brought to the Reading Room enquiries desk first for approval from the librarian on duty.  

Copying is self-service.  Readers should register online for a PaperCut account at  This account allows readers to photocopy, scan and print from both Institute and personal computers.  Top-up cards (£3 or £10) may be purchased from the Reading Room desk, or credit can be added online through the PaperCut online payment gateway (£2, £5, £10 or £20).

Reproduction rights

-books with print run 1000+: Publication Permission (EU, UK) £60.00

-books with print run 1000+: Publication Permission (Non-EU) £50.00

Other fees, including use on TV:  price on application.

Reproduction fees are waived for scholarly articles or books with a print run of under 1000 if a copy of publication is presented to our Library.

Advance payment is required.  For invoices up to £100 we currently only accept payment made by credit card (Visa and Mastercard) or cheque/cash. Payments made by BACS (for invoices over £100) - from which bank fees must not be deducted - must be credited to our account before we are able to dispatch your order.  Reg. no. GB 222 7971 03

If you wish to place an order, please email Warburg.Library(at) with the details of your order.

Resources for Readers

Computers are available for use on each floor of the Library, and all registered readers may access the wireless network (wi-fi) using their readers’ cards.

Electronic resources may be accessed from any networked computer within the Institute; see the range here: Remote access to electronic resources is available to Warburg staff, students and fellows only. 

Self-service photocopiers are provided in the Reading Room corridor and a microfilm reader/printer/scanner is available at the back of the Reading Room.



For high resolution images from Library books: (UK, EU) £12.00; (Non-EU) £10.00

If you wish to place a photo order, please email with the details of your order.

Microfilm and microfiche printing

There are facilities to print from microfilm and microfiche, or to save digitised images onto a USB stick.  Print-outs are charged at 15p per A4 sheet; saving to USB is free.

Copy charges

A4 black and white paper copies

6p per copy

A3 black and white paper copies

12p per copy

A4 colour paper copies

30p per copy

A3 colour paper copies

60p per copy


5p per copy