We are committed to making the Library and its collections accessible to the widest possible audience. We encourage all visitors who have issues with mobility to contact the Library in advance of their visit to ensure in advance that they can be fully assisted to gain access to the building.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding accessibility at the Library, please email us or call us at +44 (0) 20 7636 7247.

Lifts and Access

There is a disabled lift outside of our historic building in Russell Square, and once inside the building, all floors are accessible via the indoor lift.

In the case of an emergency evacuation of the building, evacuation chairs are available. Visitors with mobility impairments or conditions which preclude them from using evacuation chairs are advised to inform the Library prior to their visit.

We encourage visitors to contact the Collections Team in advance if they are concerned about accessibility in the Reading Room. 

Accessible Toilet

An accessible toilet is available in the basement and can be reached via the lift.

Induction Loops

For visitors with hearing impairment, an induction loop in the exhibition area and the Wolfson Reading Room is compatible with T-coil equipped hearing aids.

Guide and Assistance Dogs

We welcome Guide and Assistance dogs in the exhibition area and the Wolfson Reading Room.


The blue badge scheme does not fully apply in the borough of Camden, where the Library is located. We suggest that visitors consult guidance from Camden Council prior to their visit to ensure compliance and to view a permit map.

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