Visiting the Research Services


  • Researchers should present themselves to the Gallery's information desk on arrival.
  • Wheelchair access for the Prints and Drawings Study Room and CSIA is via the lift in the Millennium Wing.
  • Study groups of up to twelve people can be accomodated in the Prints and Drawings Study Room.
  • Tours and introductions to the Library, Archive and CSIA collections are available on request. 



  • All works on paper and library and archive material are fragile and must be treated with respect.
  • No food or drink is permitted.
  • Please ensure your hands are clean when handling material. 
  • Gloves are provided for handling works on paper, archives and rare books.
  • Fountain pens, ball-point pens, felt-tip or fibre-tip pens cannot be used. Pencils are provided for taking notes.
  • Do not lean or place anything on research material. In particular do not rest your notebook or paper on any items while you are taking notes.
  • Do not mark, crease or fold any material.
  • Do not lick or moisten your fingers to turn pages.
  • Artworks, archives and rarebooks cannot be photocopied. Please consult staff if you wish to obtain photographs or digital images of any material.
  • Visitors are permitted to sketch from most of the artworks works in the collection using pencil only.
  • Do not disorder or rearrange loose documents or remove tags or fasteners from files.
  • Do not place handbags or clothing on the reading room tables.
  • Book supports must be used when consulting bound volumes in a fragile condition.
  • The use of laptop computers is permitted.
  • Researchers are responsible for the archives issued to them. Archives must not be handed by one researcher to another and must always be returned to the member of staff on duty. 


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