The Shakespeare family homes and the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon are closed to the public until further notice in accordance with measures taken by the UK Government to reduce the risk of infection by the coronavirus, COVID-19.

Our Reading Room staff will be monitoring emails sent to and while we will not be able to arrange visits or offer copying services, we will try to assist you with all other enquiries as normal.

Please keep checking the website for more information:

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 to discuss your requirements.

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.

Our normal opening hours are:

Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Sunday to Monday: Closed 

Easter and Shakespeare's Birthday

We will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday (10th and 11th April) and on Saturday 25th April (Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations).


We will close for Christmas and New Year at 4.30pm on Friday 18th December and will re-open at 10.00am on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

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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