Visitor Information

Paul Mellon Centre
16 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3JA
United Kingdom

T: 020 7580 0311

F: 020 7636 6730

Opening Hours


Building & Public Study Room

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
UK Bank Holidays Centre closed 
22 April – 24 June 2019 (inclusive) No access to Archive Collections
10 May – 31 May 2019 (inclusive) Public Study Room closed
15 May 2019 Centre closed


Nearest tube

Tottenham Court Road on the Central line and the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line.

Nearby buses

14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390

By Car

There is no parking at the Paul Mellon Centre, however there are three Blue Badge parking spaces on Store Street, which runs parallel directly behind Bedford Square. There are also pay & display parking bays on Bedford Square, subject to local parking restrictions.


Additionally, the following car parks are nearby:

Adeline Place, WC1B 3AJ (0.2 miles/0.32 km) – 140 spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays

Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2RJ (0.4 miles/0.64 km) – 300 spaces, 2 of which are disabled bays


There are railings outside Pret, Tottenham Court Road, near Bayley Street, that can be used to lock up a normal push bike.

More information on transport can be found in the Building Access Guide document below.

Public Study Room

The Research Collections are accessible to readers in our Public Study Room, which is open five days a week and provides a rich resource for scholarly research. Access is free and open to anyone after registration. 

Prior to your first visit you will need to make an appointment by emailing On arrival you will be asked to complete a Reader Agreement Form, so please bring some personal identification with you (a driving licence, student card, passport, bank card are all acceptable). You will then be given a brief induction on how to search the catalogues and locate library material. It is possible to book group registrations and inductions. 

The Library collection is reference only and the majority of it is on open-access. Journals and auction catalogues are available on request.

The Archive collections and Photo Archive collections are open by appointment only.

Building Access

We warmly welcome all visitors to the Paul Mellon Centre. For information on accessibility at the Centre, please refer to our Accessibility Film below, as well as our Accessibility Guide and diagrams showing public areas of the building, in the downloads section beneath it.

We are happy to offer assistance to visitors wherever possible and if you have any further queries please contact us.


Figure 1.
Jonathan Law, Building Accessibility, a video introduction to the facilities at 16 and 15 Bedford Square.