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The Reading Room

Photograph from the gallery level in the Reading Room looking down into the exhibition space below. There is a group of nine people sitting on a carpet engaged in an activity involving strips of paper containing typed words.
Unexpected interludes in the Reading Room, Thomas SG Farnetti. CC BY-NC.

The Reading Room on level 2 of Wellcome Collection is a spectacular hybrid of library and museum, suitable for all ages and interests.

There’s an array of books and objects grouped around themes, including travel, pain, food and the body. You can perform digital autopsies on an interactive forensics table, discover amulets and charms from all over the world, send a postcard to a friend, or unroll a replica of an alchemical scroll.

On the shelves you will find over 1,000 different titles, featuring fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, magazines and even pop-up books.

Sofas and beanbags give you a place to read and relax, or to sit and discuss the books and objects with friends. If you’re looking for a place to study or read quietly, head through to the Library

Events in the Reading Room

There’s a regular programme of events, including book groups, workshops and performances, so listen out for announcements or ask staff about what’s on. If you have an idea for an event you can propose it through the Open Platform. You can hire the space out of hours for private events too.

Opening hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 10:00—18:00
  • Thursday 10:00—21:00
  • Friday 10:00—18:00
  • Saturday 10:00—18:00
  • Sunday 10:00—18:00