Admission to the Library

The Library and Photographic Collection are open, without charge, to anyone engaged in research or genuinely interested in the objects of the Warburg Institute, subject to the following regulations:

Academic staff at UK universities; visiting academics from abroad; professional staff of public museums, libraries, galleries or any form of public administration: production of a staff card and valid photo ID.


PhD/MPhil, MA students at UK universities and visiting postgraduates from abroad: production of a student card, valid photo ID AND a letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library.

Undergraduates at UK universities and from abroad: production of a student card, valid photo ID AND a letter of recommendation from an academic referee indicating need to consult research material held in the Library AND length of access required (NB: normally undergraduates are issued only with temporary tickets).

University of London teachers wishing to arrange access for MA or specialist undergraduate classes should write to the Librarian at the beginning of the academic term, indicating needs and length of access required, and providing a list of students.

Private scholars: production of a valid photo ID AND a letter of recommendation indicating need
to consult research material held in the Library.

Admission is not normally given to: students on non-university courses; students on diploma courses;
extramural students; they can, however, apply to the Librarian if they need to consult specific material held in the Library.

Access and security

Readers must present a valid Reader's Ticket at the Reception desk and sign the visitor's Book. On leaving the building all bags must be presented for inspection. Bags, garments and items of value should not be left unattended in the library.