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Reading Room

Our world class Shakespeare collections can be accessed through our Reading Room

Update on Reader Services - 9 July 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are moving into the next phase of providing Reader Services for users requiring access to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s museum, library and archive collection. In addition to our current Remote Enquiry service, we will be expanding our service further by introducing a Remote Copy Order service from Monday, 12 July 2021.

To place an order:

Submit your copy order via our new online Remote Order Form.

  1. If you do not know the references of items you wish to order, please consult our Online Catalogue.
  2. Once we have received your order, we will let you know if it is possible to copy your items and how much it will cost.
  3. Payment, if applicable, will be taken via our new online payment portal.
  4. Material will then be copied and sent, electronically or in hardcopy. Because of the ongoing restrictions on accessing our building and the complexity of different copy orders, please allow up to six weeks for this.

In light of the unusual circumstances of the last 16 months and the wider impact of the pandemic, we will be offering limited free copying and resource checks, as well as paid services. We are still working with limited staff and building access capacity, so please bear with us as we do all we can to support research activity.

We will endeavour to deal with all requests, but some queries may be more complex and take longer to process.

For more information on our current services please see Reader Services & Fees.

If you have queries or other requests, please contact [email protected]. You may also wish to browse our online catalogue or read our Collections blogs.


The Reading Room

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 guidelines we are unable to reopen the Reading Room in the Shakespeare Centre building at the moment. We are keeping this under regular review however the design of the building is not conducive to providing safe access to our staff and visitors. We hope to be able to extend our services in due course.

Please refer to this page for future Reader Services updates. For updates on the Trust's wider position please see Latest Updates.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

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