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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.


Easter 2017 Opening Times

We will be closed on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April and will re-open as normal from Wednesday 19th April 2017.


Shakespeare's Birthday Weekend

We will be closed to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on Saturday 22nd April.


Christmas 2017 and New Year Opening Times

We will be offering special opening during week commencing 18th December and will open from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd.  We will then close for Christmas and New Year (Saturday 23rd December - Tuesday 2nd January) and will re-open as normal from Wednesday 3rd January 2018.


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

Further Shakespeare studies

Research & Scholars
This is where the story began Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps The home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna Relive Shakespeare’s love story Closed for Winter, reopening on 18 March 2017