Visiting and Using the Library

Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London are invited to visit and use the Library during regular hours of operation.

Learn more about Library services for Fellows. 

Information for Researchers

We are always delighted to welcome new researchers to the Library and help them navigate our archives and collections, but we are able to accommodate new researchers by appointment only.

Please read our guidelines for researchers 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
10.00 to 17.00
(except public holidays)

Planned Library Closures

The Library will close at 4pm on Thursday 26th April for the Society's Anniversary Meeting. We regret that we will be unable to accommodate external researchers on this day.

The Library will be closed for the May Bank Holidays on 7th May and 28th and 29th May.

The Library will be closed for the summer from Monday 30th July and will re-open on Monday 3rd September.


The Library is located on the first floor. Access to parts of it is limited but staff assistance is available.

Learn more about access to the Society’s Burlington House apartments.

Enquiry service

Please email or telephone 020 7479 7084.

We regret we are unable to undertake extensive research on individual enquiries.

Copying services

A staffed photocopying service is available, subject to copyright and provided there is no risk of damage to the original. For materials that are unsuitable for photocopying we can offer a photographic service. Please contact us for further information about our copying services and charges.

Learn more about our Library Image Services