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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

School of Advanced Study staff, fellows and students

Valid SAS card

Academic staff at UK universities and from abroad

Valid staff card (and photographic ID, if your card does not include a photo).  

Your card must indicate clearly that you are academic staff. If it doesn't, please also bring a letter from your department confirming your status.

Professional staff of public museums, libraries, galleries or any form of public administration

Valid staff card (and photographic ID, if your card does not include a photo).  

Your card must indicate clearly that you are professional staff. If it doesn't, please also bring a letter from your institution confirming your status.

PhD/MPhil students at UK universities and from abroad

Valid student card (and photographic ID, if your card does not include a photo).  

Your card must indicate clearly that you are a research student. If it doesn't, please also bring a letter from your department confirming your status.

 MA students at UK universities*   and visiting postgraduates from abroad

Valid student card (and photographic ID, if your card does not include a photo)

Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library

Undergraduates at UK universities* and from abroad

Valid student card (and photographic ID, if your card does not include a photo)

Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material  held in the Library and length of access required. Please note that undergraduates are normally only issued with  temporary tickets.

Private scholars

Valid photographic ID (such as passport, driving licence, national ID card, British Library card)

Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library. Please note that private scholars may only be issued with temporary tickets, depending on research needs.

Commercial researchers (e.g. working for an auction house,  publisher, TV company)

Valid staff card (and photographic ID, if your card does not include a photo).  

Proof of employment, or letter from your place of work indicating need to consult research material held in the Library. Please note that commercial researchers are normally only issued with temporary tickets.

Group visits, class visits, and tours The categories above also apply for groups. Please see the group visits page on the Warburg Institute website.

 

Please note that 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.

*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.