Access world class Shakespeare collections free of charge in our Library and Archive Reading Room.
*22nd February - Please note: due to planned maintenance work in the reception area, access to the reading room can be gained through the main visitor entrance on Saturday 22nd Feb. Please refer to on-site signage for further guidance.
Whether you are studying Shakespeare, interested in performance history or researching your family history, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust provides a Reading Room which is open to everyone and free of charge.
Every year we welcome readers and groups from all over the world who access books, maps, archival documents, newspapers, performance photographs, videos of Shakespeare productions and much more.
The reading room is located within the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. Our normal opening hours are:
Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday to Tuesday: Closed
Please contact us on 01789 204016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order items, to book a video-viewing space, or to discuss any special requirements you may have and we will do our best to facilitate your visit. Advance booking is advisable.
It is sometimes possible to arrange access to the collections outside normal opening hours, with plenty of notice. Please read our terms and conditions of access.
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