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

On Thursdays use of the Library is reserved for Fellows of the Society. The Library is closed for public holidays,the Christmas and New Year period, and usually closes for six weeks from mid-July to the end of August. Please check the website for details.


Fellows of the Society have unrestricted access to use of the library. Other researchers are welcome by appointment only; please contact us first to discuss your research and make an appointment.

Reader places:


Librarian in charge:

Heather Rowland, BA, MCLIP

Staff availability:

Throughout hours of opening


Online catalogues of printed materials, drawings and museum collections can be searched at

The Library's holdings are included in COPAC and SUNCAT




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.