Opening hours for the RBGE Library and Archives


As a national reference collection, the Library is open to members of the public, either in person or by telephone or e-mail.

Opening hours are 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

Please note that the Library is closed on the last Friday of each month.

If you are planning a visit to the Library, it is advisable to contact us in advance, especially if you would like to consult specific items or if you are visiting from a distance.

Forthcoming Closures

The Library and Archives will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday 7th May (May Day Holiday)
  • Friday 25th May
  • Monday 28th May (Spring Holiday)
  • Friday 14th September (Autumn Holiday)
  • Monday 17th September (Autumn Holiday)
  • Friday 30th November (St Andrew's Day)


The RBGE Archives are available for consultation by appointment only.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements and to book an appointment.

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