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The Library and Archives Collections are available to study in each of our museum’s Reading Rooms.


The Reading Room is open Monday* - Thursday by appointment only. Pre-booking is essential.

Opening times: Morning 10am to 1pm/Afternoon 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

* Please be aware that the museum is closed to general visitors on Mondays during term time, but staff will be there to welcome you at the main entrance.

  • In order to provide a COVID-safe Library service we require that all visitors pre-book a morning or afternoon session. Access for the whole day can be arranged subject to availability. Visitors without pre-arranged access will not be permitted.
  • To book please email
  • Our Library staff will contact you to confirm your booking; please do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation of your booking.
  • Browsing the shelves in the Library reading room is permitted, but please request as much material as possible in advance of your visit. The Library catalogue can be found online:

Tower of London & Fort Nelson

If you have any queries regarding accessing the libraries at the Tower of London or Fort Nelson please contact