To access our documents and sound archive, library, digital resources and IWM administrative records, please make an appointment for the Research Room at IWM London (advanced booking is essential). The room is open Monday to Thursday (closed Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays). Access to photographs is provided on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.


Ordering material in advance

Please note we no longer be able to offer on-the-day ordering of material, and all research material must be ordered in advance. All of our paper-based collections are being moved from IWM London to IWM Duxford, where they will be housed in a planned state-of the-art paper store. The new store will guarantee the long-term preservation of these collections and thereby ensure that we can make them available to future generations of researchers. 


Exciting changes are happening at IWM London, where ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries and a digitally-enabled learning suite are being developed and will open in 2021.

We are minimising construction during opening hours where possible. However, as a result of the building work currently taking place on site, visitors to the Research Room will likely experience disruption, including heightened noise levels. This disruption is expected to continue until the end of the year.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your visit. Please contact customer services if you have any questions about the Transformation of IWM London, or speak with Library staff in the Research Room.

  • IWM Library stacks showing files
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    Ordering material in advance

    Please order material at least five full working days in advance of your planned visit otherwise we will be unable to supply material for you to view.

    Our Online Catalogue will enable you to identify the material you would like to see.

  • Book a session

    Please use the online booking form to book your research sessions and request the material you wish to view. 

    The room is open Monday to Thursday, with two bookable sessions:

    • 10.00am-1.00pm
    • 2.00pm-5.00pm

    The room is closed 1.00pm-2.00pm for lunch.

    Please note photograph appointments can only be booked for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.