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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

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.

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.

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 a staff member.  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 (NB: undergraduates are normally only issued with temporary tickets)

Private scholars

Photographic ID

Letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library, or apply to the Librarian by email requesting permission to use the Library, stating your specific research needs

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.