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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.

Opening hours

Monday – Friday, 9:30 - 17:30 

ASCarchivesRRsmThe Archives are closed on public holidays and over the Christmas and New Year period. We also close for one week’s stocktaking in early September. Occasionally, the Archives Reading Room is closed for visits and seminars. 


Forthcoming Archive Reading Room closures
Monday 19 February 2018 9:30 - 12:30
Thursday 22 February 2018 15:00 - 17:30
Friday 23 February 2018 All day
Friday 30 March 2018 All day (public holiday)
Monday 2 April 2018  All day (public holiday)
Monday 23 April 2018 15:00 - 17:30
Monday 7 May 2018 All day (public holiday)
Thursday 10 May 15:00 - 17:30
Monday 28 May 2018  All day (public holiday)
Thursday 31 May 2018 13:00 - 17:30
Monday 27 August 2018 All day (public holiday)


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. 

Document retrieval

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).

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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