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The Gallery area, its exhibitions and events as well as lunch and daily refreshments are open to everyone during our opening hours.

The Portico is located on the corner of Mosley Street and Charlotte Street

Tea or coffee and cake are available from the kitchen all day and light lunches are available from 12.00 to 14.00. They can all be enjoyed at the tables Gallery at the Portico, which sits under the dome, surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves and the current exhibition! Staff are available to answer any questions you may have about the Library, Gallery, the building and their collective history.

Please be aware that, aside from the Gallery area, the nature of our special collection necessitates that access to other parts of the Library is restricted to members and researchers only.

Please do remember that anyone can join and you might like to ask about this when you visit.

There are occasions when the Gallery is closed due to meetings, private functions or exhibition changes. For this reason, we advise that you contact us in advance, particularly if you are travelling a long distance to visit us.

Opening Hours
Monday 9.30-16.30
Tuesday 9.30-17.30
Wednesday 9.30-17.30
Thursday 9.30-17.30
Friday 9.30-16.30
Saturday 11.00-15.00
Sunday Closed

The Library is closed on Bank Holidays and for about a week or so over Christmas (please check for precise dates as these change from year to year).


The Portico's new stairliftOur new stairlift has just been installed. If you have difficulty with using our stairs please ask about access to the stairlift from the rear entrance before your visit.