Due to planned building works, the Reading Room is currently closed and is likely to remain so until May 2013. Access to the Library's materials may be possible by prior arrangement with Library staff. Please contact the Library staff on 01223 764398 or email@example.com for more information.
Visitors are welcome to use the Museum’s Reference Library, which is located in Room 30, just inside the courtyard entrance.
Opening hours and access
The Reference Library is open Tuesday to Friday, 10.00-16.30. It is closed on Good Friday, Bank Holiday Mondays and between Christmas Eve and New Year.
The Reference Library houses over 300,000 books, catalogues and periodicals relating to the Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Antiquities. It is open to scholars, students and other interested persons.
The library does not loan material, being for reference purposes only. It is not necessary to make an appointment to use the Reference Library, but as some of the library is housed in parts of the Museum other than the Reference Library, it is not always possible to provide instant access to materials. Items not housed in the Reference Library will usually be fetched for the next working day. Readers are asked to give, where possible, advance notice of their needs, in order to avoid delay or disappointment.
Photocopying and Photography
Photocopies may be made of books and journals within the limits of copyright law (see below).
Photographic copies of curatorial items may be ordered via our Photographic Sales Officer. Library staff can provide details of the full range of photographic services available in the Museum. Readers are not permitted to take their own photographs.
Please observe the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 when photocopying copyright material. It is a criminal offence to infringe this Act. Guidelines on copying copyright materials are displayed above the photocopier.
Coats, brief cases and bags (other than handbags) must be left at the desk to the right of the entrance to the Reference Library. Handbags, folders, etc. may be subject to examination on exit.
No reader may remove from the Reference Library any book or other property in the care of the Museum. The marking of any object in the care of the Museum is forbidden.
Bottles of ink, correction fluid and other potentially damaging substances may not be brought into the Reference Library.
Food and drink may not be brought into the Reference Library.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Museum.
Mobile phones must be switched off or to silent mode in the Reference Library. Calls should not be taken or made within the Reference Library.
Battery operated laptop computers are welcome in the Reference Library but, if a mains connection is necessary, they must first be subjected to a safety check by the Museum’s Electrician.
Admission is granted by the Library Staff, but may be revoked by a Keeper, the Director or the Syndics of the Museum at their absolute discretion.
29 September 2011