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The Chester Beatty Library Reading Room

The Reading Room holds reference material relating to the collections, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • Book-collecting
  • Bookbinding
  • Buddhism
  • Calligraphy
  • Christianity
  • East Asian art
  • The history of Writing
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Islam
  • Islamic art
  • Prints and printmaking.

A bibliography of catalogues and hand-lists relating to the collections, held in the Reading Room, is available on request.

Online Catalogue (WebOPAC)

Both the Reference Library and Rare Book catalogues are now available online by clicking here.

If you have any queries or comments, please fill in the Contact Enquiry Form.

Access and opening hours

The Reading Room is normally open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2.15 p.m.–5 p.m.

Access is by appointment. Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation.


Celine Ward
Reference Librarian
Contact Enquiry Form
Tel: (+3531) 4070757