Visiting the Archive Centre

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

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, as per the table 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 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.


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. A complete list of reading room regulations is available in the reading room. Wi-Fi is available for Eduroam users.

The Janus catalogue is accessible from a terminal in the reading room. Naturally, good old-fashioned hard-copy catalogues of all the College and Modern archives are available in the reading room. The archivists are happy to advise researchers on their contents, and to try to help identify materials that will be of interest to researchers.


Reader photography is allowed under certain conditions. If you wish to order copies or take photographs, please see the relevant links below, as well as the link to information about 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 6 May 4 May
Closure begins (for student exams) 7 May 5 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 18/1/21)

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

There is wheelchair access and a toilet for the disabled at King's College Library. Please let us know if you need disabled access instructions, when you book your appointment.

Some recent College archives - such as legal or personal files - may have access restrictions of up to 100 years.
Copies of documents held in the Archive Centre are provided at the discretion of the Archivist and are subject to UK Copyright law.
Photographs are allowed only when they are in compliance with UK copyright legislation.
The majority of our holdings are still in copyright under British copyright law.