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Library & Archives: Opening hours and admission

Opening hours

The working libraries are open as follows:

Term-time opening hours (0th week to end 8th week)

Old Warden's Lodgings (OWL)

  • Reading Rooms: Weekdays, 7:30am to midnight; Weekends, 8:30am to midnight.
  • Information desk/library office: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Mob Library

  • Daily, 7:30am to 2:00am. (0th Week: Daily, 8:30am to midnight.)

Easter Vacation opening hours (9th Week to -1st Week)

Old Warden's Lodgings (OWL)

9th & 10th Weeks
  • Reading Rooms: Weekdays, 7:30am to midnight; Weekends, 8:30am to midnight.
  • Information desk/library office: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
11th Week
  • Reading Rooms: Monday-Thursday, 7:30am to midnight.
  • Information desk/library office: Monday - Thursday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Closed Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April inclusive.
-2nd Week
  • Reading Rooms: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Information desk/library office: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Term-time opening recommences Saturday 7 April.

Mob Library (MOB)

  • As per term-time opening hours, except Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April, open by request at the Porters' Lodge.

Admission

Members of Merton College

All members of Merton College are automatically registered to use the College Library.  Please contact a member of staff if you experience any difficulties using your University card to borrow books.

Non-members of Merton College

The College is happy to provide reference access to current publications not held in any of the University libraries.  It essential to contact the library in advance of your visit to arrange an appointment. Please bring your university card with you.

Consultation of Special Collections

(Archives, Manuscripts, Early printed books, other special collections)

If you would like to schedule a research visit to consult manuscripts, archives, rare books or other special collections, please complete the Research Visit request form indicating the material you would like to consult. Please provide full descriptions, titles or reference numbers, where known.

Research consultations normally take place Wednesdays – Fridays, 10:00am–12:00 noon and 1:30pm-4:30pm. An appointment is essential and places may be limited at busy times of year (for example, during the first half of July). Please also be aware that research access in Trinity Term is very limited, and researchers are advised to contact the Librarian well in advance of their planned visit.

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