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Reading Room

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

Every year we welcome readers and groups from all over the world to access our collections including 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 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 possible to arrange access to the collections outside normal opening hours, with plenty of notice. Please read our terms and conditions of access.

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

We will be offering special opening during week commencing 19th December and will open from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd.  We will then close for Christmas and New Year  (Saturday 24th December - Tuesday 3rd January) and will re-open as normal from Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Additional Services

We can also provide a range of copying and image services. Please contact us for further details. 

Access our collections online

Online Catalogue

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