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Become a Reader

Anyone can apply to use The Portico Library's beautiful 19th-century reading room and view the collection of over 25,000 books and 41 newspapers and periodicals with a temporary reader's pass, which can be purchased from just £5 per week, or £17.50 per month. Readers benefit from staff assistance on request, photocopying services and free, secure wifi access. To apply to become a reader, either speak to a member of staff, or fill in the form below. Readers are required to provide a letter of reference from a professional and one piece of official identification. Payment can be made at the Library by card, cash or cheque.

For information about the other ways you can access The Portico Library's collection, see Membership and Research.

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