Society of Antiquaries of London

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Society of Antiquaries of London

About the library

The Society of Antiquaries is the oldest independent learned society concerned with the study of the past. For 300 years its library and museum collections have been at the Society’s heart. With its outstanding collections of ca. 130,000 books and journals, 1,027 manuscripts, up to 25,000 prints and drawings, and the Society’s own archive it stands as one of the leading libraries on archaeology, architectural history, medieval decorative arts and other subjects based on the study of the material remains of the past.

The Library is open to external researchers by appointment for material that is not available elsewhere.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the Society of Antiquaries of London's records in Library Hub Discover here.