About the Library
Bishopsgate Institute Library is open to everyone. There is no need to make an appointment to visit the Library, or to bring proof of address or ID with you.
We do not operate a membership scheme.
Daily newspapers and current affairs periodicals and magazines are available in our reading rooms. Visitors are also welcome to use the Library for private study and personal laptops can be used with our free wifi access. Drinks are permitted in the Library, but food must be consumed elsewhere.
Bishopsgate Library is wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs are welcome.
We also hold a large collection of rare and unique Special Collections and Archives of local and national importance. These materials are kept in closed access and need to be consulted in our dedicated Researchers' Area. Click here for information about Accessing the Special Collections and Archives.
For more information on our collecting policies, please see the documents below.