The Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain provide a spacious environment in which to browse the extensive holdings of the Tate Library and Archive, and the Public Records.

We offer an hourly retrieval service, black-and-white photocopying and computer access to our electronic resources.


There are facilities for researchers to bring laptop computers and free WiFi is available. There are also six computers for use when consulting Tate collections information and online databases.

Consulting materials

The collections are for reference only and have to be retrieved for consultation.

  • Items from the Tate Archive and public records collections by filling out request slips.
  • Items from the Tate Library collections can be ordered using the collection catalogues in the main reading room.
  • Retrieval is every 60 minutes from 11.30 until 15.30. A maximum of five items per person can be requested each time.
  • Requesting items in advance of a visit: up to five items may be requested; detailed instructions are given in the online Library and Archive catalogues. You must already have made an appointment if the items are from Tate Archive, Public Records or Library Special Collections. For items required on Tuesday – Friday please notify the Reading Rooms by 15.00 on the previous day. For items required on Monday please notify us by 15.00 on the previous Friday.

Please read the Reading Rooms regulations.

Electronic resources

Access to major online resources, such as bibliographic databases and full text journal archives, using the Reading Rooms computers.


Black-and-white printing facilities are provided.


Self-service, black-and-white photocopying is permitted within the main Reading Room, subject to copyright restrictions. A photocopying service is provided in the Archive and Special Collections Reading Room. Library Special Collection items and original artworks (including sketchbooks/drawings) in Archive collections cannot be copied.


Flashless photography of items from the main Library collection is permitted, subject to copyright restrictions, using the photography stand and book supports available in the main Reading Room.

Viewing audio-visual material

A television/video and DVD player, audio cassette players, microfiche reader and microfiche/film printer are available for the consultation of audio-visual material in the collections.