Book a Reading Desk

Welcome to the RCB Library Online Booking System. 

The Library's archive collection is available to consult from Tuesday-Thursday. Prior to your visit you must book a slot through our desk reservation system. A slot can be booked for the whole day, or you can book multiple slots to cover a period of days. 

Please reserve a slot (10am-4.15pm) to secure access to the Reading Room. Slots are available from Tuesday-Thursday, inclusive. 

The Library will close for lunch from 12.30pm until 1.30.

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 booked items 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'. 

Slots for reading desks for any given month will be released on the last Friday of the previous month at 12pm. 

If you have any queries, please email