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Access and opening hours

Visiting us

King’s College London Archives welcomes all King’s students and staff, and members of the public, to use our collections. See below for our location details.

Please note that for collections held in offsite stores, we require 7 days notice to retrieve them.

Please see the following links for lists of affected collections:



Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday, 09.30 - 17.00

ASCarchivesRRsmThe Archives are closed on Mondays, on public holidays and over the Christmas and New Year period - and irregularly for visits and seminars. 


Forthcoming closures
Friday 28 February    4-5pm
Wednesday 18 March    1 - 5pm
Thursday 19 November    9.30am - 2pm
King's students and staff

Photograph of entry to King's College Archives reading roomKing’s students and staff must present their King’s identification card and fill in a Reader Registration form on their first visit. 

Other users

All external users must present two forms of identification, one photographic and one proof of address, on their first visit and fill in a Reader Registration form.

To help you make the most of your visit, please contact us to make an appointment at least one working day in advance, either by telephone, email, or in writing. By consulting our online Archives catalogues before your visit and giving us full details of the material you would like to see, we can have it ready for you on arrival. 

External visitors are required to sign in at the Strand Building main reception desk before proceeding to the Archives Reading Room.

Document retrieval

Documents held in onsite stores

Document ordering times are 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00 hours.  Requests for the following morning should be made by 16.00 hours. Orders for Monday morning should be made by 16.00 hours on Friday.

Documents held offsite

We require seven days' notice to retrieve collections held offsite. A list of affected collections can be found here.

Readers with disabilities

  • Access to the Strand Building for people with disabilities
  • The reading room is wheelchair accessible and there is lift access to the floor on which the Reading Room is situated
  • A Topaz XL document magnifier is available for visually impaired readers
  • The use of tape recorders for taking notes may be permitted at the discretion of the staff and with the agreement of other readers present
  • Accessible toilets are available on the ground and third floors of the Strand building


The Archives Reading Room is room S3.02 on the third floor of the Strand Building (marked Archives on the map below).

map showing overview of Aldwych quarter of London and King's College London site with the Archives location highlighted in redThe nearest London Underground stations are Temple (5 mins walk), Holborn (10 mins walk), Charing Cross (10 mins walk), Embankment (10 mins walk), and many bus routes stop directly outside the building.

Please see the Transport for London website for more details.

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