Visitor numbers are currently capped at 17, with a socially distanced queue in operation where necessary.
If you feel unwell, please don't come to the library. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask, if possible.
The National Poetry Library is the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world and is free to visit. We’re located in the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, and we’re open to the public for poetry-related study six days a week.
If you need help in finding the library or accessing the building, please call us on the number below.
Monday — Closed
Tuesday — 12 noon to 6 pm
Wednesday to Sunday — 12 noon to 8 pm
National Poetry Library,
Level 5, Blue Side,
Royal Festival Hall,
London SE1 8XX
Tel: 020 7921 0664 or 020 7921 0943
The National Poetry Library is fully accessible and easy to reach from public transport.