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King’s College London Archives

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About

The Archives hold a unique and internationally significant range of archival and printed sources, ensuring their preservation and providing access to King's students, academics and other colleagues, the global research community and the general public.

Collection strengths include:-

History of King's College London and its merged institutions

Military and defence studies

Travel and exploration- Empire and Commonwealth

History of medicine and nursing- History of modern Greece

English Literature (20th Century)

History of science

Find out more about the collections we hold

Opening hours

From early November 2020, the Archives Reading Room will be open by prior arrangement to King’s staff and students, to support priority teaching, study and research needs.

Please contact us via archives@kcl.ac.uk to schedule an appointment and include details of your course or programme of study, preferred dates for your visit and catalogue references for the material you would like to see.

Please note:

  • It will not be possible for us to retrieve any additional items for you on the day.
  • The Reading Room will be open from Tuesday - Thursday between 10.00 and 16.00 subject to staff availability.
  • To ensure social distancing, our Reading Room will have a limited capacity and it may not always be possible for us to accommodate your preferred visit date.
  • We require at least 3 working days’ notice before any potential visit.

For the latest information of Libraries & Collections services please visit our Coronavirus update webpage.

Access

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.

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

Location

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 red