If you don’t find your answers here, feel free to email the Library here.
What kinds of membership do you have?
We have 5 different membership categories which can be viewed here.
Is it possible to visit the Library before joining?
Yes; Regular tours run throughout the month and are available to book on our events page here. Visitors can also drop in any time during opening hours for a short self-guided tour and leaflets are available at the counter. If you have any questions about membership or the library, please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist.
Are there storage facilities for me to leave my belongings while I’m using the library?
Yes; we have lockers in the main entrance which are secure, also a coat rail on the first floor which members are welcome to use. You can also keep your belongings with you when you are using the library if you would prefer. Update May 2023: the cloakroom door is now protected by a security keypad. Please ask a member of staff for the code.
Are refreshments available at the Library?
Yes; we have facilities in our Main Room where members can bring cold food to eat. We have facilities for making tea, coffee and cordial for a small charge and free cold water. We also have a selection of biscuits and snacks (including vegan and gluten free) available. We don’t allow food to be consumed anywhere else in the library although you can take bottled water and hot drinks – please use the coasters provided.
Can annual membership be taken out on the spot?
Yes; to join up straight away you need to come to the library and complete an application form, provide relevant payment and provide two forms of identification (something with your current address on such as a recent utility bill and something with your signature on such as a bank card).
Can mobile devices be used at the Library?
Yes; members may bring personal laptops, tablets and smartphones in to the Library and they may be used, in silent mode, in the New Room and Reading Room. If you need to make a zoom call, please check with a member of staff first and they will endeavour to find a space for you to do so. Please ensure your device is fully charged as the Library has limited power outlets and your phone is on silent. Mobile phone calls can be taken in the entrance foyer.
How many books can I borrow and how long for?
Most Library materials published in the last 100 years may be borrowed. Full details can be found under each membership category here.
How can I pay for my membership?
Payment can be made in person at the library, over the telephone or on the website. We accept cash, credit and debit cards, PayPal and BACS payments.
Does the Library still acquire new books?
Yes; approximately 1,500 volumes and audio items are added to the Library each year across all of the subject areas of the collections. Members are invited to make suggestions for items to be acquired by the Library. New acquisitions feature in our latest book lists available in the library or on our website.
Can non-members buy a daily or weekly pass?
Yes; temporary passes are available to non-members. Daily passes are £10 and weekly passes are £40. Temporary passes must be arranged at least 3 working days in advance. Please contact email@example.com with details of your intended visit and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Due to restrictions on spaces available, we are unable to offer temporary passes on a walk-in basis.