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

Update on Reader Services - 16 March 2021

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Library, Archive and Reading Room at the Shakespeare Centre remains closed to the public. This is in line with current Government guidelines.

Our team continues to work from home, responding to enquiries remotely. We are sorry for the impact our closure is having on research activity and we thank our users for their patience and all the support they have shown us in these challenging times.

The decision to close our doors and play our part in containing the virus has posed a significant financial challenge for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Unfortunately we are faced with complex issues in regard to access to the Shakespeare Centre which prevents us from meeting COVID-safe guidelines at the moment.

The Trust is reviewing the situation and working towards resuming some services in a COVID-safe way. Please check this page for future updates.

To contact us, please email [email protected] You may also wish to browse our online catalogue or read our Collections blogs.

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