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Reading Room

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

Update on Reader Services - 26 November 2021

We are pleased to announce that, as part of our phased approach to extending Reader Services, we have expanded the number of research slots available in our Reading Room within our current opening hours.

This is in addition to our Remote Enquiry and Remote Copy Order services. Please see below for more details on our Remote Services

The Reading Room

Access to the Reading Room is by appointment only, bookable a minimum of seven days in advance. Please be aware that due to high demand booking may be required a number of weeks ahead. We continue to work hard to expand the service to meet the needs of researchers. Please see this page for future updates.

Appointment slots are for a maximum of two hours. We offer the following bookable slots per week:

  • Mondays: 10:15am-12:15pm; 10:20am-12:20pm; 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesdays: 10:15am-12:15pm; 10:20am-12:20pm; 10:30am-12:30pm; 12:45pm-2:45pm; 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 10:15am-12:15pm; 10:20am-12:20pm; 10:30am-12:30pm

At present we are limiting bookings to one slot per researcher per week. However, we will keep this under review.

All material must be pre-ordered at least seven days in advance and the number of items made available may be subject to limits. However, we will liaise with researchers during the booking process to ensure access is maximised within current restrictions.

We look forward to seeing you in the Reading Room. If you are unable to visit, please see below for details of what services we offer our remote researchers.

To book an appointment:

Contact the team at [email protected] and let us know:

  • The date you wish to visit and
  • Details (including reference numbers, where possible) of items you wish to view. Do consult our Online Catalogue when selecting material.

To prepare for your visit:

  • Please see our Reading Room Visitor Information page, which provides details on our location, access information and terms of service.
  • Please also note that visiting our Reading Room is free, but some service fees may apply. Please see Reader Services & Fees for more details.

Remote Services

Please send general enquiries about our collections and services to [email protected]. While we are unable to conduct research on behalf of our audiences we are pleased to facilitate and support research. We will continue to offer enhanced remote copying and look-up services to support access to those who are unable to travel to the Shakespeare Centre.

To place an order:

  1. Submit your copy order via our new online Remote Order Form.
  2. If you do not know the references of items you wish to order, please consult our Online Catalogue.
  3. 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.
  4. Payment, if applicable, will be taken via our new online payment portal.
  5. Material will then be copied and sent, electronically or in hard copy. Because of the ongoing restrictions on accessing our building and the complexity of different copy orders, please allow up to six weeks for this.

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.

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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