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House of Commons Library guided tours

Come and view this unique space normally reserved for MPs, discover the history of the Commons Library and learn how its work supports democracy today.

Housed in magnificent Pugin designed rooms, the Library collection comprises almost 230,000 publications and delivers an ever-growing research and information service.

The Library team responds to around 30,000 enquiries from MPs and their staff, and releases 1,000 briefings per year on a broad range of topics, covering everything from bees to Brexit.

This guided tour takes 60 minutes. Early booking is recommended as places are limited.

Due to the tour content, we advise a minimum age of 7.

When can I go on this tour?

No dates are confirmed for these tours.

We may occasionally have to change or cancel tours because of the work of Parliament.

How much does this tour cost?

  • Adults: £19.50
  • Young adults (age 16 to 18): £17
  • Concessions (age 60 and over, students with ID, UK Armed Forces with ID): £17
  • Children (age 7 to 15): £8
  • Disabled visitors: Ticket prices as above but essential companions are free

Want to see more when you visit? For the reduced price of £10 per person, you can add an audio tour of the Houses of Parliament to your Commons Library tour.

How do I book tickets?

You can book online or by phoning  44 (0)20 7219 4114.

You can also buy tickets from the Ticket Office which is open:

  • Saturday 8.45am to 4.45pm

The Ticket Office is located in front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment (postcode SW1A 2LW).

Further information

Photography is not permitted in the Commons Library but you are welcome to take photos in Westminster Hall and St Stephen's Hall.

There is seating available throughout the Library tour but there are no cloakroom facilities so please keep what you bring to a minimum.

Image credit: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

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