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. Readers may take their own photographs, for research purposes or private use only, under certain conditions. Please also read the reading room regulations and information on copies and copyright.

Closure dates

  2019 2020
Re-open after Christmas 14 January 13 January
Closed for Easter Monday 22 April 13 April
Closed for Bank Holiday 06 May 04 May
Closure begins (for student exams) 07 May 05 May
Re-open (after student exams) 17 June 15 June
Closed for Bank Holiday 26 August 31 August
Closed for Christmas 16 December 21 December (re-open 18/01/21)

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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