How to find us


BFI Reuben Library
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank
London SE1 8XT

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm to 4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

We are closed on all public holidays. There are occasional venue closures during the year. Please check this page or contact us before making a special journey.

Health and safety measures

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 12pm to 4pm
  • pre-booking essential via Box Office or online
  • Browsing of the library shelves is now permitted, but we ask you to be mindful of others’ personal space as you do so. We still strongly encourage you to order materials in advance of your visit, using our request form.
  • physical distancing to be observed, reducing capacity
  • library staff will continue to wear face masks and we expect researchers to do so too, unless exempt
  • 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 overnight

Find out information about accessing BFI Southbank.

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.

Access for people with disabilities

Our library desk is fitted with an induction loop system and we have a range of assistive technology for users whose sight is impaired.

Contact us to discuss your access requirements.

Search the collections

Our extensive collection is available to all, free of charge. Most items can be accessed on the day of your visit, and items held in storage can be requested in advance.

Complete an advance request form for any library material you wish to see. A minimum of one day’s notice is required for items held at BFI Southbank. For items held at the BFI Conservation Centre, please allow up to 10 working days for delivery.

Contact us for general enquires and planning your research.

Using the library

Lost property

Any personal items left in the library or the library lockers at the end of the day are passed to BFI Southbank security. The security office is situated opposite the entrance to NFT2.

Telephone: 020 7815 1355