For Fellows

Please note that in line with advice from Public Health England about COVID-19, the Library is closed to all visitors until Monday 7th September 2020. During this time we will be running a substantially reduced Library service, as staff will largely be working from home. We will be monitoring enquiries sent to [email protected]  and endeavour to respond as quickly and comprehensively as possible whilst working remotely. As we cannot access the physical collections, we cannot offer postal loans or a photocopying service. All current loans and loans issued during this time will be issued until the Library re-opens. It is not necessary to post any book returns back to the Library.

We can still issue licences for the use of existing images, but we cannot commission new photography. Enquiries about images should be sent to [email protected]   

Fellows are reminded that they are able to access the Society’s published journals through the ‘Library’ page of the Fellow’s Area and have access to a range of online journals and e-resources through the OpenAthens platform. You can find a list of helpful e-resources here

Visit us

Poly-Olbion (Drayton) 1613

Poly-Olbion (Drayton) 1613

Our Fellows are welcome to use the Library any time we are normally open (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm), and also during Ordinary Meetings of Fellows (select Thursday evenings until 18.30).

If you are visiting to see something specific, or something from our special collections (e.g. manuscripts, archives, prints and drawings, and printed items on closed access), we recommend contacting us in advance, so we can have your material ready for you when you arrive.

Bayeaux Tapestry: ‘William the Conqueror at Hastings’ engraved by James Basire

Bayeaux Tapestry: ‘William the Conqueror at Hastings’ engraved by James Basire

You can search the majority of our collections online, using our catalogues.

The Museum Room is open to Fellows by appointment.

If you are an infrequent visitor to Burlington House, see below for how we can bring our collections to you!

Ask the team

You can contact the Museum ([email protected]) for enquiries about:

  • Museum objects
  • Paintings

You can contact the Library ([email protected]) for enquiries about:

  • Printed materials, including borrowing books & requesting photocopies
  • Archives
  • Manuscripts
  • Prints and drawings
  • Electronic resources
The Adoration of the Magi (Smirke) 1800-02

The Adoration of the Magi (Smirke) 1800-02

If you live in the UK, you can borrow up to eight books for three months from the Library through our postal loans service. Just let us know the books you need and the address to which you would like them posted. (We are unable to post fragile or heavy items.) Please see the Fellows’ Handbook: Fellows’ Platform page for full terms and conditions.

You can access electronic resources from home through the Library. We subscribe to a number of e-journals, available via Open Athens.

Brass rubbing of Richard Haddock and family

Brass rubbing of Richard Haddock and family

You can also access the Society’s journals online, using your Fellows’ Area login:

You can request photocopies (subject to the physical condition of the book or journal and to copyright law) through the Library:

You can usually take photographs during your visit (without flash) for private study or reference purposes only, but please ask permission first! The Society can provide high-quality photographs for publication purposes for a fee. See our Requesting images page to find out more.