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Accessing and Using the Library

A guide to visiting, finding library collections, using the photocopiers and printing, and how to contact us

Library admissions

The Library and Photographic Collection are open, without charge, to anyone engaged in research or genuinely interested in the objects of the Warburg Institute.

Category of Reader Documents needed
Academic staff at UK universities and from abroad Proof of status (valid staff/student card*) and photographic ID
PhD/MPhil students at UK universities and from abroad As above
Professional staff of public museums, libraries, galleries or any form of public administration As above
MA students at UK universities and visiting postgraduates from abroad Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library
Proof of status (valid student card) and photographic ID
Undergraduates at UK universities and from abroad Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library and length of access required (NB: undergraduates are normally only issued with temporary tickets)
Proof of status (valid student card) and photographic ID
Private scholars Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library
Photographic ID

Admission is not normally given to students on non-university courses, students on diploma courses, or extramural students; they can, however, apply to the Librarian if they need to consult specific material held in the Library.


* Your staff/student card must indicate clearly that you are academic staff or a research student.  If it does not, please bring a letter from your department confirming your status.


University of London teachers wishing to arrange access for MA or specialist undergraduate classes should email the Librarian at the beginning of the academic term, indicating needs and length of access required, and providing a list of students.