Our Reading Room is located within the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon and is open free of charge Wednesday-Saturday. Whether you are studying Shakespeare, interested in performance history, researching your family history or investigating the history of Stratford-upon-Avon, our team can help you with your research enquiry. Every year we welcome readers and groups from all over the world who access books, maps, archival documents, newspapers, performance photographs, recordings of Shakespeare productions and much more.

Advance booking is recommended to help you get the most from your visit but it is not essential.  Please call us on 01789 204 016 or email scla@shakespeare.org.uk to discuss your requirements.

Our normal opening hours are:

Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Sunday to Tuesday: Closed 

We have a number of finding aids and databases available to help you with your research. The databases can be found here and our paper finding aids are available in the Reading Room.

 Christmas 2018 and New Year Opening Times

We will close for Christmas at 4.30pm on Friday 21st December (closed Saturday 22nd December - Wednesday 2nd January) and will re-open on Thursday 3rd January.    

Additional Services

We can also provide a range of copying and image services.

Prices for photocopying start from 50p per sheet (for A4 black and white) + post and packing. 
We have fixed prices for certain frequently requested items:
Photocopy of complete prompt book £80 + post and packing
Selection of reviews £10 + post and packing
Photocopy of programme £10

Certain items in our collection may be photographed by readers visiting in person.  Self-service photography permits cost £5 per day and we also offer a weekly permit.
Please email us to find out more or request a quote.
DVD viewing
Archive DVDs can be viewed in the Reading Room using our DVD players.  A viewing pass costs £5 per day / £1 per day for students.

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