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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.


  • 8 June
  • 13 July
  • 10 August
  • 14 September
  • 12 October
  • [No open Saturday in November]
  • 14 December

Closures 2019

  • Closed every Friday and all bank holidays
  • Closed Monday 26 August - Summer bank holiday
  • Closed from Thursday 31 October at 4.45 pm, reopening on Monday 18 November at 9.30 am - Annual Closure
  • Closed from Tuesday 24 December 2019 at 3 pm reopening on Thursday 2 January 2020 at 9.30 am - 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 - change of times

From Monday 8 April 2019 archive production runs from offsite storage will only happen on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. This affects less than 10% of our overall archive production.

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

  • Tuesdays - 1 pm
  • Thursday - 4.45 pm

Orders produced on the afternoon runs will be available for consultation at 9.30 am the following working day.
This system will ensure that there is clarity for everyone in the production process.

We encourage readers to give as much notice as possible for large numbers of document requests.

30 March 2012
Last Modified:
11 June 2019