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Visitor information

Students with scores outside the RCM Library
The library is open to all current members of the RCM, and welcomes researchers who may use it for reference only.


Current opening hours

Monday 16 December: Closed
Tuesday 17 December: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm
Wednesday 18 December: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm
Thursday 19 December: 10am-12pm only
Friday 20 December: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm
Monday 23 December: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Closed 24 December - 1 January

Thursday 2 January: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm
Friday 3 January: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm
Monday 6 January: Closed
Tuesday 7 January: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm
Friday 10 January: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Last issues and returns are 15 minutes before closing time.

Opening hours throughout the year

Opening hours vary at different times of year, especially around public holidays, but are normally as follows:

Term time opening hours

Monday–Thursday: 9am–7pm
Friday: 9am–5.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Last issues and returns are 15 minutes before closing time.

Vacation opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Friday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Last issues and returns are 15 minutes before closing time.

Using the library


Only current members of the RCM may borrow from the library. Students may borrow up to 15 items and Junior Department students up to 4 items. Loans will only be issued on production of a current RCM ID card bearing the borrower’s photograph.


The library subscribes to many e-resources, including e-journals, e-books and databases. Some are listed in the online catalogue but all e-resources are restricted to current members of the RCM only.

External researchers

The library welcomes external researchers during our normal opening hours. On your first visit, we shall ask you to sign our visitors' book and shall need to see photographic proof of ID before you consult our collections. We suggest you contact us in advance to make sure the reading room is available and we have sufficient staff to help you.

All manuscripts, early printed music and books, journals, programmes and archives should be returned by 6pm, or 30 minutes before the library closes, whichever is earlier.


No large bags or instruments may be taken into the library, these can be left in lockers and baggage racks. Any small bags which are brought into the library are subject to checks by staff.


There are no photocopying facilities for visitors' use.

Copying & photography

The library offers a copying service for non-copyright material. There is a charge for these services.  Please direct enquiries about this service to Michael Mullen.

We do allow researchers to photograph some items. Those intending to do their own photography should first enquire of Michael Mullen as to the suitability of the material concerned.

Michael Mullen

Assistant Librarian

+44 (0)20 7591 4324

All copies are for private study or research only. Separate permission will need to be sought for any publication, performance or recording of the material concerned.

Interlibrary loans

We lend/supply some material to external borrowers, subject to preservation and copyright restrictions. For all interlending enquiries contact Monika Pietras.

Monika Pietras

Assistant Librarian (Interlending)

+44 (0)20 7591 4326