Archives & Library


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, 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.