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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 an appointment-only 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.

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The new dedicated entrance located at the rear of the Shakespeare Centre on Guild Street.
A black wooden door set into a red brick wall. To the right of the door there is an adjoining building with a grey wall. To the left of the door is an intercom box.

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


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].

Let’s help keep each other safe

In order to maintain a safe environment throughout your visit a number of measures will remain in place for a little while longer:

Social distancing of desk facilities and cleaning protocols will continue. Hand sanitiser units will be available throughout our reception areas. The windows in our Reading Room will be open to support good ventilation. Given this, we advise you to dress according to the weather.

As we get used to living with Covid-19, please remember that we may each have different attitudes and concerns about safety. We respect that wearing a face covering is a matter of personal choice and will do our best to ensure all visitors feel comfortable. If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or flu-like illness that could be infectious and/or Covid-19, we politely ask that you do not visit, and we will reschedule your appointment as a priority. We thank you for your patience and support.

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].

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