Monday, 23 July 2012

Olympic Opening Hours and Access

Library opening hours during the Summer Olympics 2012

From 27th July - 12th August 2012, inclusive, the Library will operate special Summer Olympics opening hours. During this period the Library will open at 11.00am and close at 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday. The Library apologies for any inconvenience caused. More information about opening hours is available on the website:
Olympic Access Arrangements 15th July-16th August

Access restrictions due to the location of the Olympics Media Hub around the Senate House building restrictions have now commenced and are detailed below:

The key points for library users are that:

1.Russell Square car park is closed

2.Parking for visitors must be pre-booked through reception and can not be guranteed

5.Staff car parking cannot be guaranteed

There are vehicle retrictions, check points and revisions to the normal two-way traffic routes around the Russell Square area. Bus stops in Russell Square have been be relocated and some route changes have taken place. Please plan your journey and check for updates on the day. Anyone driving into the area must expect considerable delays is are advised to use public transport during this period, if possible.

Further details are available at

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access will be unaffected, although pedestrian crossing time will be reduced across Woburn Place and Southampton Row to increase the flow of traffic along the Olympic Route.


Taxis will not be allowed into the restricted area. The best advice is to try to get a taxi on Gower Street or Tottenham Court Road


Cyclists will not be stopped at the vehicle check points. However, LOCOG stress cyclists should be extra vigilant to ensure they cycle safely with the increased number of pedestrians and vehicles.

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