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Opening times

  • Monday 9.30am - 4.45pm (closed bank holidays - see below for details)
  • Tuesday 9.30am - 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 7.30pm*
  • Thursday 9.30am - 4.45pm
  • Friday - Closed
  • Saturday - see below for details

Telephone enquiry service

  • Our telephone enquiry service is in operation from 9.30am - 4.45pm, Monday - Thursday
  • Our email enquiry service is in operation from 9.30am - 4.45pm, Monday - Friday.
  • They do not operate on Saturdays.

*Note: on Wednesdays all computers, microfilm readers, photocopiers and printers will be turned off by 7.25pm and original documents must be returned to staff by 7.25pm so that the building can close at 7.30pm.

Saturday opening

LMA will be open on the following Saturdays from 9.30am - 4.45pm.


  • 14 December


  • 11 January
  • 8 February
  • 14 March
  • 4 April
  • 2 May
  • 13 June
  • 11 July
  • 8 August
  • 12 September
  • 10 October
  • [No open Saturday in November]
  • 12 December

 Closures 2019-20

  • Closed every Friday and all bank holidays
  • Closed from Tuesday 24 December 2019 at 3pm, reopening on Thursday 2 January 2020 at 9.30am - Christmas closure
  • Closed Monday 13 April 2020 - Easter Monday Bank Holiday
  • Closed Monday 25 May 2020 - Spring Bank Holiday
  • Closed Monday 31 August 2020 - Summer Bank Holiday
  • Closed from Thursday 29 October 2020 at 4:45pm, reopening on Monday 16 November at 9.30 am - Annual Closure
  • Closed from Thursday 24 December 2020 at 3pm, reopening on Monday 4 January 2021 at 9.30am - Christmas Closure

Document ordering times

  • Order times for original documents, maps, prints, books and photographs are every 20 minutes from 9.40am to 4.20pm (excepting Saturday).
  • Collections take place at 20 past, 20 to and on the hour.
  • They are extended until 6.40pm on Wednesday.

On Saturdays there are no collections between 12.40pm and 2pm, and collections stop at 4pm.

Last order times for document requests

  • Monday 4.20pm
  • Tuesday 4.20pm
  • Wednesday 6.40pm
  • Thursday 4.20pm
  • Saturday 4pm (see above for Saturday opening dates)

Archive production from Offsite Storage

Some items in the archive collection are stored offsite, and consequently take longer to produce for research. Retrieval runs from offsite storage only happen on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. This affects less than 10% of our overall archive production. Items held in offsite locations are clearly marked "Held offsite - access by appointment only" in the LMA Collections Catalogue.

The deadline for archive production orders from offsite storage will be:

  • Tuesdays - 1pm
  • Thursday - 4.45pm

Orders produced on the afternoon runs should be available for consultation at 9.30am the following working day but it is not possible to guarantee this.

The summer months are our busiest period for offsite orders.

Please give as much notice as possible before placing offsite document requests.

30 March 2012
Last Modified:
19 November 2019