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Using the Archives: Access & location

Information on how to access and use archive collections

The archive reading room

The Archive collections can be accessed in our supervised reading room in the Newsam Library in the main building of the UCL Institute of Education on Bedford Way.

Access & location

Opening Hours


Please note that all library sites are closed until further notice except for the Main and Science Libraries (see below).

The Student Centre will remain open 24 hours a day for UCL students and staff.

The UCL Main Library and UCL Science Library will be open from 09:00 - 17:00 today and tomorrow and will then close. Please note that new applications for library membership cannot be accepted.

Please note that the IOE Library site is closed until further notice.  As a result the archives are not available for consultation. We are still answering email enquiries but please bear with us as we adapt to the new circumstances.

Booking an appointment

Please note that the IOE Archive Reading Room is closed until further notice.  


We are still open for enquiries at 

Our online catalogue is accessible here

We will do all we can to answer your enquiry as best we can from off-site.  We do have a selection of material scanned so please contact us if you have something specific that you want.

Access Restrictions

Every attempt will be made to provide access to archive collections held, but exceptions may be made on the grounds of confidentiality, access restrictions made by depositors, or for conservation reasons.

Data protection

Access to personal data on living persons for research purposes is only allowed on the explicit understanding that the data are not processed to support measures or decisions with respect to particular individuals or in such a way that substantial damage or distress is, or is likely to be, caused to any data subject.  A Special Undertaking form will need to be signed.

Contact the archive team

Telephone us on:

020 7612 6983

or e-mail our dedicated enquiry service at

You can also write to us at:

Newsam Library and Archives
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way