What can I take into the reading rooms?

To help us preserve the records for future generations, please observe our guidance for using the reading rooms and handling documents.

  • no-coats No coats, bags or umbrellas – please leave in the lockers provided on the ground floor
  • no-foodNo food, drink, sweets or gum
  • no-sharp-objectsNo sharp objects
  • use-pencilUse pencils without erasers
  • headphonesKeep sound levels low when using headphones
  • no-pensNo pens
  • mobile-silentEnsure your mobile is on silent mode
  • laptop-sound-offEnsure your laptop has the sound off
  • camera-sound-offEnsure the sound and flash are turned off on your camera
  • handle-with-careAlways handle the documents with care

Suitcases and other items that are too large to fit inside our lockers are not allowed inside the building: please make arrangements to leave luggage elsewhere. Our lockers can accommodate items with a maximum size of 43 cm x 42 cm x 24 cm. Nearby luggage storage providers can be found by searching on www.stasher.com.

A complete list of rules is available from the welcome desk, the Enquiry Service Manager or online.