Visiting the archive

Our reading room is currently closed for research access due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Man reading in archive room
    Credit: Royal Institution

Opening hours

Our reading room is currently closed for research access due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We are still assisting researchers through direct enquiries, for more information please email cnew@ri.ac.uk.

Facilities

The reading room is situated on the lower ground floor and is accessible by lift. A Wi-Fi connection is available for those wishing to work on laptops. Supports for books and magnifying glasses are available on request.

Food and drink are not permitted in the reading room but refreshments are available in the café.

The Ri is conveniently located by many major travel routes in London.

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Copying service

Readers are not permitted to scan or photograph documents themselves, however you can order copies for personal research through the archive: 

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Images for publication can be found at Bridgeman Art Library or the Science Photo Library.

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