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The National Poetry Library reopened on Friday 28 May 2021.

We’ve taken measures to keep you safe when you visit.

Plan your visit

Visitors to the National Poetry Library are currently capped at 17, with a socially distanced queue in operation at the doors of the library.

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.

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 8pm
Closed Mondays

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

Tel: 020 7921 0664 or 020 7921 0943
Email: info@poetrylibrary.org.uk

How to get here

Access information

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

Facilities & access

need to know
Join to gain access to the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world
The library is running a service for loan books to be pre-packed and ready for you when you arrive
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
The National Poetry Library has Braille and audio resources available for blind and partially sighted users
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
Discover what’s happening in the UK’s vibrant poetry scene
Revisit some of our critically acclaimed art exhibitions