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Reading Room Visitor Information

Details on our location, access information and terms of service.

Planning Your Visit

Book In Advance

We are currently running a by appointment service. For details on how to book, please see the main Reading Room page.

Finding Us

Our Reading Room is located in the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW.

Please note that we have a new dedicated entrance located at the rear of the Shakespeare Centre on Guild Street: Google Street View.

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The new dedicated entrance located at the rear of the Shakespeare Centre on Guild Street.


Our Reading Room is situated on the first floor of the Shakespeare Centre and accessed via Guild Street at the rear of the building - see Finding Us above. Blue-badge parking is available nearby on the top of Henley Street, by the statue. Accessible toilet facilities are available in the Shakespeare Centre Reception, Henley Street.

Access to the Reading Room is via a stairwell with handrails. Where visitors require lift access, we can accommodate this via staff access routes. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any accessibility needs by emailing [email protected].

Covid-19 safety

To protect visitors and staff and to minimise the risk of temporary closure, we have introduced a number of Covid-safety measures, including social distancing of desk facilities, cleaning protocols and document quarantine.

The windows in our Reading Room will be open to support good ventilation. Please be aware we may not be able to maintain usual internal temperatures, so we would advise visitors to dress according to the weather.

We also request that all visitors wear a face covering indoors (unless medically exempt), apart from when seated at desk facilities.

Reader Registration

Visitors are required to register on arrival and obtain a Reader’s Ticket to access our library and archive collections. We currently accept the following forms of identification: Passport, Driving Licence, Bus Pass, CARN Card, University Staff or Matriculation Card.

Please note that all visitors must adhere to our Terms of Service. These include: no bags, outdoor coats or food and drink in the Reading Room (visitor lockers are provided), pencils only in the Reading Room (these can be provided) and no photography without permission.


The Reading Room offers visitor lockers and toilet facilities. There is currently no visitor recreation space available, for taking breaks and consuming food and drink. Accessible toilet facilities are available at the Shakespeare Centre main entrance on Henley Street - please see Accessibility above.

Service Charges

Please note that visiting our Reading Room is free, but some service fees may apply. Please see Reader Services & Fees for more details.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in our Reading Room. Should you have any questions that are not covered here, please see our main Reading Room page or contact us at: [email protected].

Currently closed for essential conservation. Reopening 5 February.