Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office and Library

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office holds records relating to Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area, as well as historical documents concerning Shakespeare and his family (

Visiting the Library and Record Office

On your first visit you will need to sign a record card and provide proof of identity if you are consulting original documents.  You will then be issued with a Readers Ticket.

On each visit you should:

  • sign the register in the reception
  • leave bags and coats in the lockers provided
  • switch off mobile phones
  • use pencils only

Staff may also be able to deal with enquiries by telephone, email or post.  For extensive searches a charge may be made.  A searchable catalogue is also available online at

For further details of their collections and service use the contact details below.

Contact Details

Address:        The Shakespeare Centre Library and Record Office
                        The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
                        Henley Street
                        CV37 0NP

Telephone:    (enquiries) (01789) 201813
                        (bookings) (01789) 204016
Fax:                 (01789) 296083