Book a Reading Desk

Welcome to the RCB Library Online Booking System. 

If you wish to visit the RCB Library to view archives, or to read books from the printed collection, please reserve either a morning slot (10am-12.30pm) or afternoon slot (2.00pm-4.30pm) to secure access to the Reading Room. Slots are now available on Monday and Friday mornings, and Tuesday and Wednesdays both mornings and afternoons.

During your visit, please adhere to public health advice regarding social distancing, hand washing/sanitising and mask wearing. You will need to complete an RCB Library Covid-19 Visitor Form at the time of your visit.

Before accessing the Reading Room, visitors must confirm they have read the Regulations for Readers of Archives and Manuscripts.

Your reservation may include up to five items booked in advance. Instructions on how to order are available here. When you click below to reserve your desk, a pop-up box will appear requiring you to confirm your details such as name, email, phone number. The ‘quantity’ refers to the desk you are reserving: it is automatically filled by the system, so you should leave this at ‘1’.

Booking for the entire period between now to the end of 2021 is now open. As the whole process is under review, there is no Waiting List option.

If you have any queries, please email