Guidance for visitors to the Public Study Room

Public Study Room opening hours

The Public Study Room will be open by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, between 10.30-12.45 and 13.15-15.30. The rest of the PMC will be open by invitation only on these same days of the week.

All readers will be required to leave the building during the lunch time closure of 12.45-13.15.

We have put in place a number of measures to protect you and our staff. Guidance that applies to all visitors to the Centre is available on our visit page. The following measures have been put in place to protect researchers and our staff while accessing materials in our Public Study Room, and will be subject to continual review and revision.


All readers who wish to view any Archives & Library material in person must book an appointment by writing to two working days before their visit. Appointments, with set arrival times, will be made in consultation with Archives & Library staff.

We are currently offering an enhanced enquiry service and it might be possible to carry out research for you so that you don’t have to visit in person. Please write to the email above with the details of your request.

There will be a limit of four readers a day in the Public Study Room (one reader per desk). Each reader will be assigned a desk for the day and arrival times will be staggered.

Access to Archives & Library material, either via remote enquiries or during in-person visits, will only be possible following completion of a Reader Agreement Form.

Please be aware that all appointments to use the Public Study Room may be subject to last minute cancellation depending on staff availability and/or government led Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance and safety precautions.

Archives & Library material

Material housed in our Public Study Room and Library Annex may be browsed and retrieved by readers on the day of your visit. Library material kept in other rooms and material from our Archives, Tate Photographic Archive and Library Special collections must be requested two working days before your visit as part of the booking procedure. It may be possible to request additional material during your visit, but this will be subject to availability.


The public computer terminal will not be available to visitors, so we encourage you to bring your own device to access the Archives and Library catalogues. This will also be the case for the photocopier and scanner, but you will be permitted to use your own devices to take photographs. Please discuss reproduction requests with a member of staff during your visit.

The reader area will be closed and there will be nowhere onsite to fill up water bottles. You may bring water with you but this must be left in your bag in the locker.