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The National Poetry Library is the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world and is free to visit. We are located in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London and we are open to the public for poetry-related study six days a week.

National Poetry Library,
Level 5, Blue Side,
Royal Festival Hall,
London SE1 8XX

How to get here

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 8pm
Closed Mondays

tel: 020 7921 0664 or 020 7921 0943

Access information

The National Poetry Library is fully accessible and easy to reach from public transport.

Facilities & access

need to know
Join for free to gain access to the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world
Details of nearby public transport options, live journey planning and parking info
The National Poetry Library is fully accessible and has services for blind and visually impaired people
What kinds of things can you find in our collections?
There’s plenty for kids to do here, including a dedicated children’s book collection and fun events
The National Poetry Library has Braille and audio resources available for blind and partially sighted users
Discover what’s happening in the UK’s vibrant poetry scene
Revisit some of our critically acclaimed art exhibitions