To mark 200 years since the House of Commons Library appointed its first Librarian, and the first ever ‘National Democracy Week’, the Library is open for tours on Saturday 7 July.
Housed in magnificent Pugin designed rooms, the Library holds over 228,000 publications and runs an ever-growing research and information service. The Library team responds to around 30,000 enquiries and releases 800 briefings per year on a broad range of topics, on everything from bees to Brexit.
Come and explore this unique space normally reserved for MPs, discover the history of the Library and learn how its work supports democracy today.
These tours take one hour and run throughout the day. Early booking is recommended as places are limited.
How to book tickets
Library tickets are £5 per person which also includes a Palace of Westminster guidebook.
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.
Because of space restrictions we can only accommodate two wheelchair users on each Library tour. Please speak to our Bookings Team before booking.
Ask about combining your Library experience with a visit to the free Voice and Vote exhibition in Westminster Hall and/or a full tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Photography is not permitted in the House of Commons Library. Due to the tour content, we advise a minimum age of 7.
There is seating available throughout the tour but there are no cloakroom facilities so please keep what you bring to a minimum.