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Group visits

Tour Groups

We welcomes tour groups and we offer in depth talks on the library and its history. We can tailor our talks to cover particular areas of the library's past or to highlight specific aspects of the collection. Please let us know your area of interest when contacting us.

The cost for our talks is £3.50 per person and these take place in the central library space.

We always endeavour to show the private reading room to group visitors, but please be aware that this may not be possible when it is in use by our members and readers.

If you would like any refreshments during your visit we will be happy to discuss the options with you. Please contact us for a full quote.

School Groups

The Portico offers supported study sessions for student groups. Sessions must be teacher led but staff at the library will offer help and expertise in the planning and delivery of these sessions by researching texts, sourcing books, providing information on the library and assisting in the delivery of the workshop.

Examples of session topics:

Reading for pleasure
American History
Literary Criticism
Art History
Creative Writing
History of Science

The library's collection boasts a diverse and exciting range topics in 19th century literature. Contact us to find out how we can help design a session that compliments and enhances your curriculum learning.