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BFI Reuben Library

A free resource and study space with a huge collection of material about the moving image.

The BFI Reuben Library will be reopening on Tuesday 18 May, in accordance with government guidelines. In the interests of safety for all, restrictions will apply.

Our library holds the world’s largest collection of books, journals and digitised material about film, television and the moving image, free to access – whether you’re a serious researcher or just stopping by on your way to a film. We have state-of-the-art scanning facilities and an easy-to-use database to point you in the right direction if needed.

Your health and safety and that of our teams are our top priority. There are a few differences in how you access our services:

  • opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-16:00
  • booking is essential; choose one of the slots below
  • as self-browsing won’t be possible, all material needs to be requested in advance or on the day, using the request form
  • Special Collections will be open for bookings from June. Appointments must be booked in advance as the limited spaces fill up quickly. Enquire about availability.
  • 2m physical distancing to be observed, reducing capacity to 14 research spaces
  • lockers won’t be in use and the use of scanners and computer access will be limited
  • regular cleaning during the day of the spaces/equipment used, and deep cleaning over night
  • face coverings must be worn at all times

We look forward to welcoming you again soon. If you’d like to speak with one of our Library team before your visit please contact us. There may be a delay in response, please bear with us.

Collections Focus

With thanks to our generous supporters:

Principal funders
The Reuben Foundation

Major benefactors
The Edwin Fox Foundation

Additional support
The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation

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