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, please reserve either a morning slot (10am-12.30pm) or afternoon slot (2.00pm-4.30pm) to secure access to the Reading Room. Morning slots are available each weekday Monday to Friday inclusive, and additionally there are afternoon slots available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

During your visit, please adhere to public health advice regarding hand washing/sanitising and mask wearing.

Before accessing the Reading Room, visitors must confirm they have read the Regulations for Readers of Archives and Manuscripts.

Your reservation may include up to five items booked in advance. Instructions on how to order are available here. 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’.

Slots for Reading Desks for any given month will be released on the last Friday of the previous month at 12 pm.

If you have any queries, please email