Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, we will be temporarily closing the institution on the 5th of November for one month.
We are planning to open again on the 3rd of December.
We will be running an online programme during this short period of closure for our members and supporters.
Contact us:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Families and Junior Members

We are delighted to begin a phased reopening of the DEI from July 2020

Saturdays at the Institution

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

Isolation Creations

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

Bookworms Club

*We are currently offering some special ‘rule-of-six’ bookable workshops for children – see our Saturday Activities page.  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 on the third Saturday of the 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 Bookworms 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.

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 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]