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

Families and Junior Members

We look forward to welcoming you back

Saturdays at the Institution

We are now open on Saturdays and many of our activities are family friendly, free and open to all.

Please see What’s On  for the current programme or join in with our Invitation to Create online programme.

Bookworms Club

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 from 10.30 am – 12 noon.  Please see What’s On  for the current programme.

Follow our social media channels for the latest updates.


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 a parent / carer.

Wednesday Tours

The Institution is open to the general public on a Wednesday afternoons  between 1.00 and 4.00 pm and families are able to take a guided tour of the library.

Isolation Creations

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



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