Reece Room Common Room

Reading room opening hours

The Alan Reece Reading Room will be generally open to researchers 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Friday. Please note that we do close for training, special events and full building bookings. Due to limited staffing we ask all researchers to please book in advance of their visit to prevent disappointment.

a man using the collections with a pencil and notebook wearing a surgical mask

Reading room guidelines

We ask that all researchers follow basic guidelines to protect our collections for future generations. This includes simple things like making notes in pencil rather than pen. Do feel free to bring your digital devices and enjoy our free WiFi throughout the building to assist your work. No food or drink is permitted within the Alan Reece Reading Room, however our 5|Quarter Cafe Bar is opposite and you are welcome to take a break there and return to your documents.

a wheelchair user at the height adjustable desk consulting the collections


We provide full wheelchair access throughout. A height adjustable table is also available for researchers in the Alan Reece Reading Room. If your disability prevents you from travelling to us or using paper based resources, please get in touch and we will aim to provide items via suitable digital means wherever possible.

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Cafe bar refreshments