Reading Room restoration

Our plan to restore the reading room to its original 1940s glory is almost complete. We have removed the stairs that were installed in the floor of the reading room in the 1980s. The ceiling has been repainted and the entire footprint of the room has been recarpeted with a striking woollen weave. This work will provide much-needed additional seating — 60 extra seats in fact — for readers. The reading room is now open. 

Mitchell Building Ground Floor, floor plan

Mitchell Building Ground Floor, floor plan