Wiener Library

Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History
29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP

(020) 7636 7247
(020) 7436 6428 (fax)


The nearest tube stations are: Russell Square (Piccadilly line), Goodge Street (Northern line) and St Pancras International (Metropolitan, Northern, Circle, Victoria and Hammersmith & City lines) The following buses stop nearby: 188, 168, X68, 7, 59, 68.

Hours of opening:

Monday - Friday 1000 - 1715

The Library is closed on bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year.


Open to the general public. From the street via 5 steps. Wheelchair users will be able to access the building via an external lift. The reading room is on the first floor and accessible via a lift. First-time visitors have to bring a letter of introduction and some form of picture ID.

There is a membership fee for borrowing books.

Reader places:                           


Librarian in charge:                                      

Kat H├╝bschmann

Staff availability:                   

The Reading Room is always staffed during opening hours.


Catalogues for books and pamphlets, periodicals and document descriptions are available online.


Own scheme


60,000 books and pamphlets, 1,300 document collections, 10,000 photographs, 200 current periodicals, AV-material.

Special collections or strengths:

Subjects covered include the Holocaust, the Third Reich, Fascism (including British Fascism), Neo-Fascism, antisemitism, and modern German-Jewish History.

Eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust and unpublished memoirs.

Additional facilities:

Coin-operated photocopier, microfilm reader-printers, video-viewing facilities.

The Wiener Library also organises regular lectures and conferences.