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 in our reading rooms, please reserve either a morning slot (10am-12.30pm) or afternoon slot (2.00pm-4.30pm) to secure access to the Reading Room.

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.

Your reservation may include up to five items booked in advance. Instructions on how to choose your items are available on  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’. If the available desks for this slot have been filled, you can click on the option to be placed on a waiting list.

Booking for a given week opens at 9am on the Friday of the previous week.

If you have any queries, please email 

If you wish to view print items such as books or pamphlets, please email