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The National Library offers various guided tours to groups wishing to visit us.
Our group tours and workshops will help you learn more about using the Library, and discover our exhibitions and collections.
The behind-the-scenes tours of the Library last for 50-60 minutes, and are suitable for groups of 12 people maximum.
The tours include a visit to the General Reading Room and book stacks (where we store the books), plus information about the history of the Library, the scope of our collections, and our public events and exhibitions.
The tours are free of charge, but donations are welcome and contribute towards the upkeep of the Library buildings and collections.
We require at least six weeks' notice when booking a tour. This will help us to ensure that there are enough staff available to help out on the day.
To enquire about a tour for your group, please email email@example.com.
Accessible exhibition tours
We offer regular audio-described tours of our exhibitions throughout the year, as well as tours for visitors who are hard of hearing, where a portable hearing loop is made available.
These tours are promoted in our 'What's On' brochure and also on our Events page. These tours are free of charge.
Please contact Beverley Casebow, Learning and Outreach Officer if you would like more information. We are also happy to tailor a visit for your group where possible.
We offer a regular programme of free workshops and tours for people who are interested in finding out more about the Library. These include:
- Getting started at the Library
- Getting started in Special Collections
- Discovering family history
- Discover Maps
- Maps for family history
See 'Workshops and tours' for more information and details of how to book.
Depending on staff and room availability, we may be able to offer a group booking for these sessions and to adapt the content to suit your needs. Please contact us at least six weeks in advance if you wish to discuss this option.