The Library contains approximately 20,000 books, journals and pamphlets on Egyptology. As such it is one of the best libraries of its kind in the world.

It occupies the former home of Professor Ricardo Caminos; a professor of Egyptology at Brown University and the Society’s epigrapher before he retired in the early 1980s. The library is named The Ricardo A Caminos Memorial Library in his honour.

General Information

Due to the disruption caused by Coronavirus, the library is currently open by prior appointment only. Guidance on the reopening of the library can be found here and enquiries can be sent to [email protected]. 

All books in our collection are reference only and cannot be borrowed. The library is available for current members with a reader pass free-of-charge and there is no need to notify us in advance of your visit, though we do recommend that you consult our online catalogue prior to your arrival. Non-members are able to use the library, but will be asked to pay £5 for a day pass on arrival at the office.

Students with a valid ID can use the library free of charge, as can members of partnership organisations. Read more here.

Photocopying and scanning facilities are available for those wishing to copy chapters/articles etc., providing that such copying is in compliance with copyright legislation.

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Opening times

The library is open from Monday to Thursday 10:30-16:30. Office closure dates are available here.

Reproduction requests and fees

Instructions for requesting permission to reproduce or disseminate material from the Society’s collections can be found here