Using the Image Libraries
From September 2020, admittance to the Witt and Conway Libraries is strictly by appointment only.
To ensure the safety of all, we have had to change the library service we offer. We now require all researchers to book in advance and receive confirmation of their visit from Library staff in advance of travelling to Somerset House.
To reduce the spread of corona virus we have to limit access to our shelves and you will be unable to browse the shelves. As part of the booking process, we will request details of the material you wish to consult. We will fetch the items for you ahead of your appointment. We are unable to retrieve additional material during your visit as we have limited space to quarantine used materials. We therefore ask that you make another booking to consult other material.
The Image Libraries are at our Somerset House campus. We are located in the North Block of Somerset House. On entering from the Strand, go through the main archways then just before you enter the courtyard, turn left. Our entrance is on the left
Monday – Friday 1330 – 1730 by appointment
Visitors who have booked in advance can purchase a reader’s card on arrival:
Please pay in cash, providing the correct change where possible.
Members of the Samuel Courtauld Society have complimentary access using your membership cards.
You can find more information about using the Image Libraries in the FAQs below. If you need assistance, contact us.