Visiting the Archive Centre

Please note that the Archive Centre is not open on Fridays.

Readers in the Archive Centre

Most of the Centre's catalogued collections are available by appointment for consultation by scholars, free of charge, Monday to Thursday, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 5.15 pm. Note that the Centre is closed for a few weeks each year (see below). Documents will normally be produced within ten minutes of being requested.

Among the personal papers restrictions are in force for a small quantity of personal letters of persons still living, which may only be read with the permission of the author, and for other sensitive material, closed temporarily as a condition of bequest or in deference to the interests of concerned third parties. In addition, periods of closure are imposed on sensitive recent College records.

Intending readers must make an appointment with the Archivist before visiting King's and should bring with them two forms of photographic identification and a letter of introduction. Contact details are here. Reading room tables are fitted with power points for laptop computers which readers are welcome to bring with them, provided their use does not disturb other readers. Pencils only may be used for writing by hand. We regret that we are not able to allow reader photography or scanning. A complete list of reading room regulations is available in the reading room.

Please read the information on copies and copyright.

Closure dates

  2016 2017
Re-open after Christmas 11 January 16 January
Closed for Good Friday 25 March 14 April
Closed for Easter Monday 28 March 17 April
Closed for Bank Holiday 02 May 01 May
Closure begins (for student exams) 03 May 08 May
Re-open (after student exams) 13 June 19 June
Closed for Bank Holiday 29 August 28 August
Closed for Christmas 19 December 18 December (re-open 15/01/18)

All dates and times of opening may be subject to revision without notice, though major change is unlikely.

Getting to the Archive Centre

For directions to King's College, see Getting to King's. For directions within the College, see the map below.

Map of the College showing how to get to the Archive centre

There is wheelchair access and a toilet for the disabled at King's College Library.

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