Staff help visitors at the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms, Tate Britian

The Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain are a dedicated space for research and creative thinking.

All members of the public can access the exceptional and diverse Tate Library and Archive collections and our public records here. Admission is free but you are required to register and appointments may be necessary.

Tate is a member of Society of College, National and University Libraries.

Opening hours

  • Monday–Friday, 11.00–17.00
  • The Reading Rooms are closed on public holidays and between Christmas and New Year, and the first Friday of each month. They will also be closed from Monday 15 – Friday 26 June 2015 inclusive for collection maintenance.


  • No appointment is necessary to use the main Library collection
  • You must make an appointment in advance to use the Archive, artists’ books and Special Collections, and the public records as seating is limited and in heavy demand.
    Please do not make special travel arrangements until your appointment has been confirmed.


The Reading Rooms are located on the lower ground floor of Tate Britain, near the Manton Entrance in Atterbury Street.

They are accessible by wheelchair. If you have any specific access requirements, please contact us ahead of your visit.


Call +44 (0)20 7887 8838

Tate Library and Archive
Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom


In 2002 the entire Tate Library and Archive collection moved into a refurbished area on the lower ground floor of Tate Britain, following a generous donation by the Hyman Kreitman Foundation.