Society of Antiquaries of London Library

The Library, Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

(020) 7479 7084
(020) 7287 6967 (fax)

Hours of opening:

Monday to Friday         1000 -1700

Except Thursday afternoons when use of the Library is reserved for Fellows only. The Library is closed for public holidays, Xmas & New Year and for 6 weeks from mid-July to end of August.


Open to any staff and students registered at the School of Advanced Study who bring proof of status. Open to other researchers, but please contact us first to make an appointment. Members of the public admitted by prior arrangement.

Reader places:


Librarian in charge:

Heather Rowland, BA, MCLIP

Staff availability:

Throughout hours of opening


The online catalogue to printed books and periodical titles is at or

The Library's holdings are also included in COPAC and SUNCAT.

The extensive subject card index to pre-1988 periodical articles will  be available on-line shortly




More than 130,000 books dating from 15th century to the present and over 600 current periodicals; over 1,000 manuscripts and the Society's archives from 1717. 40,000 prints & drawings of British topography and antiquities.

Special collections or strengths:

Archaeology (especially British and Western European), architectural history and the decorative arts (especially medieval), heraldry and older works on British local history and genealogy. A comprehensive collection of British county historical and archaeological journals and record society publications is held, as well as archaeological journals from most European countries.  There are special collections of broadsides, proclamations and Civil War tracts.

Additional facilities:

Photocopying facilities, photography by arrangement. Microfilm and fiche reader. Internet access. Personal computers can be used in designated areas.