Some of our regular readers may have noticed that the Repository blog has been quiet for a little while. We haven’t run out of interesting items or themes to highlight, but we have been busy moving from our old reading room to a brand new library space. We’re staying in the stunning surroundings of the Royal Society premises at Carlton House Terrace, but we’re no longer located on the first floor. In fact our move means that our readers avoid the long walk from the basement cloakroom and lockers to the opposite side of the building when they arrive.

Our previous reading room was certainly beautiful, with decoration dating back to the 1890s, but it didn’t offer all the facilities that our new location does. For example, we can now select our preferred level of lighting, and have even graduated to having air conditioning. These small improvements give us greater control over the conditions that the collections are exposed to, and will enable us to preserve them for even longer. We hope that our readers will feel the benefits too!



The picture above shows a small section of our new room on the Lower Mezzanine level – but why not pop in to see it for yourself? Whether you want to look at our historic collections or browse our recent library books, all are very welcome to register with us.


Library information:

6 – 9 Carlton House Terrace


Open: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.

Appointment not necessary

For more information on registering as a reader and visiting the library please visit our website:



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