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Visiting the Inner Temple Library

What to expect when you arrive at the Library

Please read the information below, especially the days and times we are open.

Please do not visit the Library if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you are waiting for a coronavirus test result
  • you have tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive

Please see the NHS website for more information.

Upon Arrival

The Library is currently housed at 10 Fetter Lane on the 5th Floor. Please note that social distancing measures are in place and hand sanitisers are available for visitors to use on arrival.

Masks must be worn around the Library unless exempt, but can be removed when seated.

When you reach the Library on the 5th floor please ring the bell and a member of Library staff will let you in. We have removed the signing-in book (but will need to take your contact details on arrival).


Important information will be posted throughout the Library, explaining what we are doing and why. There are some temporary floor markings to take note of, specifically indicating waiting areas.

Enquiry Desk

The enquiry desk is staffed. Perspex screening has been installed to ensure face-to-face enquiries are safe for both users and staff.

User Desks

The Library is currently open from 9.00am to 6.00pm. You will be assigned a reader place and where possible we will try to accommodate user preferences. Please see the map to choose your desk (1-10) if you have a preference.

Desks and accompanying computer equipment will be cleaned with antibacterial products between users. Please let a member of staff know when you leave the Library.

Print Materials

We are unable to quarantine heavily used books as this would lead to in-demand books being regularly unavailable.

Disposable gloves will be provided for users needing to handle print material.

For the foreseeable future the daily newspapers will not be available for browsing.


Users are welcome to come into the library to copy materials. Given the limited space available in the photocopier room there will be only one copier in use, so that social distancing guidelines can be adhered to. If you prefer you can still use the document supply service.

Other Facilities

Please note that the water fountain has been removed temporarily, so please bring your own bottled water.

WCs and washing facilities remain available and hand sanitiser is available here and within the Library.