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Accessing the Special Collections

Bishopsgate Institute's Special Collections and Archives can be viewed in the Researchers Area of our Library.

On your first visit we will ask you to complete a short registration form. You do not need to provide ID to complete this process. However each time you visit will ask you to sign in and put your coats and bags in the free lockers provided. Food and drink are not allowed in the Researchers Area.

You do not need to book an appointment to view items in our collections. We retrieve materials on-demand throughout the day. You can find our opening hours here

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the Researchers Area. Those aged 12-17 may consult the collections if accompanied at all times by a responsible parent or guardian. Please contact us in advance of your visit. 

For more information about the records we hold, visit our collections pages and search our online catalogue. If you require more information, you can contact us using the details below.

Tel: 020 7392 9270

Email: library@bishopsgate.org.uk


Unfortunately due to limited staff resources we are unable to answer in-depth research questions or help with family history research.

Details of professional researchers can be found at the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) and the Association of Geneaologists and Researchers (www.agra.org.uk).

City of London libraries offer two research services: Business Information Focus at the City Business Library and Search at the Guildhall Library (www.cityoflondon.gov.uk).

Please note: links to these organisations does not indicate endorsement or recommendation of their services.