Library & Archive Reading Rooms

Access our huge collection of art books and archive items in this meditative research space

Opening times

Monday to Friday 11.00–17.00

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

The Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain © TATE PHOTOGRAPHY

Visit the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms to see items from Tate's Library, Archive or Public Records collections. All are welcome to use the Reading Rooms and admission is free. First time visitors are required to register.

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    Tate Library is a centre of excellence for art historical research, covering British art since 1500 and international art since 1900. As well as a wide selection of books, printed journals and electronic resources about art and artists, the library has a pre-eminent collection of exhibition catalogues dating from the late 19th century to recent contemporary shows. Tate Library also has a collection of 6500 artists’ books which date from the 1960s to the present day.


    Tate Archive contains over a million items related to artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain, primarily from 1900 to the present day. Serving as the national repository for the history of fine art practice in the UK it includes personal and institutional papers, letters, writings, sketchbooks and maquettes, audio-visual and born-digital material, photographs and press cuttings. Over 53,000 digitised images from the Archive collections are now online as part of the Archives & Access project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Public Records

    Tate's Public Records document the full range of Tate’s activities throughout its history, including exhibitions, acquisitions, development and expansion across its current sites. Records also include Board of Trustees’ minutes, posters and photographs. They capture fascinating chapters in Tate's history, such as the 1928 flood and the gallery during wartime.

    Admission information

    All visitors are welcome, but are asked to make an advanced appointment for access to the Archive, Library Special Collections and Public Records. Groups of up to 12 can be accommodated with prior notice. We advise that you check in advance that the collections you wish to see are available. Please do not make special travel arrangements until your appointment has been confirmed. For security reasons coats, jackets, bags (including laptop bags) and handbags are not permitted. Please leave all such items at the cloakroom.


    To request items from the collections, you will need to register. You can register as a Library Reader for access to the main Library collection, or as an Archive Reader for access to all collections. Membership is for one-year and is renewable. As well as a completed registration form you will need to present identification (see the registration form for more details).

    Download the registration form


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

    Opening times

    Monday to Friday 11.00–17.00

    We are closed the first Friday of each month. We are also closed on public holidays and between Christmas and New Year.


    Lower ground floor of Tate Britain, near the Manton Entrance in Atterbury Street.

    Tate Britain
    London SW1P 4RG
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    Phone: +44 (0)20 7887 8838

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