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Library opening hours

The library will be trialling new opening hours on Wednesdays. The library will be open, 9:00-19:00, on Wednesdays starting from 6 March.

  • Monday and Friday: 09:00-17:00
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 09:00-19:00
  • Saturday (except the dates listed below) and Sunday: closed

Saturday openings 

The library is open on selected Saturdays: 09.00-17.00.

  • 11 May 2024
  • 8 June 2024
  • 27 July 2024
  • 10 August 2024
  • 7 September 2024
  • 12 October 2024
  • 9 November 2024
  • 14 December 2024

We are closed on Bank Holidays and University closed days.


  • University staff and students: membership is automatic. Your University ID card is your library card.
  • External researchers: you can apply for membership or visit us.


The Shakespeare Institute and Shakespeare Institute Library are based at the same site, but there are separate entrances for accessing each building. The library and the entrance to the car park can be found on Chestnut Walk, Stratford-upon- Avon, CV37 6HQ. The entrance to the Shakespeare Institute is located at Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HP.

The Institute is marked on Google Maps. Secure parking is available at the library. Shakespeare Institute staff and students are able to open the gates using their University ID card. Everyone else, please press "2" on the intercom and a member of staff will open the gates for you. 

Please contact us if you have any queries ahead of your visit.