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Bishopsgate Institute

Visiting the Library

Bishopsgate Institute is open to everyone. We operate a free public space for private study (the Library), and a Special Collections and Archives Researchers’ Area where our unique and nationally renowned collections can be consulted.

As well as providing a space for independent quiet study, our Library space is stocked with daily newspapers and current affairs periodicals and magazines. Personal devices and laptops can be used with our free WIFI access. Drinks (with lids) are permitted in the Library, but food must be consumed elsewhere.

Both the Library and the Special Collections and Archives Researchers’ Area are wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs are welcome.

There are no membership requirements. Everyone is welcome. We are a reference library only – books and other materials may only be consulted on site.

Library Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:30

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:30

Wednesday 10:00 - 17.30*

Thursday 10:00 - 17:30

Friday 10:00 - 17:30

*Our Researchers’ Area for accessing our Special Collections and Archives is open until 20:00 every Wednesday.

In the rare instances where the Researchers’ Area is not open late on Wednesdays, this will be advertised @BishopsgateInst. If you would like to check the opening hours before your visit, please email the Special Collections and Archives team [email protected]


Established in 1975, the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) is a self-help organisation of sex workers. They campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution, for sex workers’ rights and safety, and for resources to enable people to get out of prostitution if they want to. We are honoured to hold their archive documenting their numerous campaigns, activities and continuing work to the present day. Read more about the ECP's Archive