Temporary Closure of Dr Williams’s Library

Although the reading rooms are closed from the 1st October 2018 Friends events and DWL seminars will still continue to take place at Dr Williams’s Library.

The Trustees recently commissioned a structural survey of the Library building, originally built in 1848. As a consequence the structural engineer has identified some urgent work for the safety of the building.

The Trustees regret that it will be necessary to close the Library from 1 October 2018 to enable the Library staff to clear three major book stacks as the first step.

It is not possible at this stage to say for how long the Library will be closed, but it looks likely to be for about 18 months. Because the structural work does not affect the basement, Lecture Hall and Reading Room, the Trustees hope that it will be possible to provide access to the archives before the building work is completed. Except for the books in the Reading Room, most of the print collection will remain unavailable for the whole of the construction period.