Library & Archive Reading Rooms

Access our huge collection of library and archive items in this free-to-use study space

Opening times

Tuesday 11.00–15.00

Friday 11.00–15.00

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Members of the public use the Reading rooms at Tate Britain

The Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain © Tate Photography (Oliver Cowling)

Tate Britain is currently closed

For more information please go to our FAQs and if you have any further queries please contact We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen.

To visit the Reading Rooms you will need to book an appointment in advance and register for a free annual membership. We will send over instructions on how to register, along with detailed health and safety measures once your appointment has been confirmed.

Scan and send service

We are unable to provide this service until further notice; we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


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.

Library catalogue


    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. In addition, Tate Archive houses materials that are international in scope. These include collections of more than 100,000 documentary photographs of artists, their studios and installation shots, 3,500 audio-visual accessions, 2,500 artist-designed posters, and 1,500 single items - from a letter written by J. M. W. Turner to Christmas gifts by YBA’s. Over 52,000 digitised images from the Archive collections are now available to view online.

    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.

    Archive and Public Records catalogue

    More information

    Download our Mission, Vision and Purpose [PDF, 117 KB]

    Admission information

    By appointment only

    Email us to book an appointment and place your advance requests.

    Opening times

    Tuesday 11.00–15.00

    Friday 11.00–15.00

    The Reading Rooms will be closed between Monday 21 December and Friday 1 January inclusive.


    Once your appointment is confirmed you will be sent instructions to:

    Do not make travel arrangements until your appointment has been confirmed. If you can no longer make your appointment, let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that your slot can be reallocated.


    • Bring two different forms of identification

    • Bring a digital or paper copy of your appointment email with you

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

    The cloakroom at Tate Britain is currently closed. You can leave coats and bags on the coat rack in the Reading Room at your own risk.


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

    Tate Britain
    London SW1P 4RG
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