We are open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Public tours Wednesdays 1pm-4pm.
Contact us:
[email protected]
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Families and Junior Members

We look forward to seeing you again soon...

Saturdays at the Institution

During the lockdown – Join in with our Invitation to Create online programme.

Ordinarily, we are open on Saturdays and many of our activities are family friendly, free and open to all.  Please see our latest Programme page  for the current programme.

Isolation Creations

During the lockdown, we are offering a range of online activities for all ages, via our Isolation Creations web page and social media channels.

Bookworms Club

Follow our social media channels for the latest updates.*

Ordinarily, we run a monthly Saturday morning club for Junior Members aged 5-8 and their adults.  Bookworms takes place once a month at 10.30 am – 12 noon, this session is now repeated between 2.00 – 3.30 pm due to it’s popularity. Please see our Programme page for the current programme.


Children and young people under 18 are able to join the Institution as Junior Members for just £1 per month (£12 annual membership) and can access the Institution’s collection and facilities during opening hours.  Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult member.

Wednesday Tours

*As we begin to reopen, we will be offering some external tours of the building and garden – see out tours page for details*

The Institution is usually open to the general public on a Wednesday afternoons  between 1.00 and 3.00 pm and families are able to have a guided tour of the library.

For further information please contact our Director of Programme, Emma Dunn:  [email protected]