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.
Tuesday – Friday, 09.30 - 17.30
From 13 August 2018 until Easter 2019, our opening hours are Tuesday - Friday, 09.30 - 17.30.
This is in order for us to prepare more than 15,000 boxes of documents ahead of a large storage move.
This may also affect availability of materials. Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions to readers, but please provide as much notice as possible when requesting appointments.
The Archives are closed on Mondays, on public holidays and over the Christmas and New Year period. Occasionally, the Archives Reading Room is closed for visits and seminars.
Forthcoming Archive Reading Room closures
| Wednesday 13 February 2019
||9:30 - 11:00
|Friday 15 February 2019
||13:00 - 17:30
|From Monday 25 March - Monday 7 April 2019 we will be closed for a major move of our holdings. We will re-open on Tuesday 8 April 2019.
King's students and staff
King’s students and staff must present their King’s identification card and fill in a Reader Registration form on their first visit.
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 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.
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).
The 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.