Archives & Library

Appointments

How to make an appointment

You will need to make an appointment:

  • If it is the first time you have used the Paul Mellon Centre’s Library, Archives or Photographic Archive
  • For all subsequent visits to consult the Archives, Library Special Collections or Photographic Archive

To make an appointment, please contact us, ideally giving 48 hours notice, by emailing collections@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk, or by calling 020 7580 0311.

When you contact us, please provide the following information:

  • Whether you have been before
  • The date and time of your proposed visit
  • Your general area of research
  • Details of the material you would like to consult

On the first visit you will be required to:

  • Complete a registration form
  • Provide personal identification (bank card, drivers’ licence or passport)
  • Undertake a brief induction 

Important information

Please note:

  • We do not take appointments on Mondays or between 13.00 and 14.00 Tuesday to Friday
  • It is not possible to consult Archives, Library Special Collections or Photographic Archive between 13.00 and 14.00
  • You may not order more than 10 items or files in advance
  • Additional material may normally be ordered during your visit: retrieval times are at 11.30 and 14.00
  • If the material is uncatalogued, there may be a delay in providing access as staff need time to check it for any personal and sensitive material
  • Staff will need to retrieve any material not located in the Public Study Room or Library Annex. It is helpful if these are booked in advance.