British Numismatic Society

Promoting the study of coins, medals, tokens and banknotes


The Warburg Institute, where the RNS/BNS Numismatic Library is located, has reopened and the RNS/BNS Numismatic Library is set to reopen on Tuesday 24 November. As you would expect, there are several new COVID-19 procedures and policies that the Warburg require all library visitors to follow.


The following is a summary of the Warburg guidance for visitors:

a. All visitors to the RNS/BNS Numismatic Library must have a pre-approved appointment to visit the library.
b. When arriving at the Warburg, you must check in at the reception desk. Anyone who is not on the Warburg’s “Pre-Approved Visitor List” will be denied access to the building – without exception.
c. Visitors may be asked to register for “track and trace” before they can enter the Warburg.
d. Masks must be worn at all times within the Warburg, including the RNS/BNS Library.
e. The RNS/BNS Library will be cleaned on Tuesday mornings and on Wednesday to ensure the library is kept clean.
f. Please ensure that 2m social distancing is observed at all times in common areas and within the RNS/BNS Library (e.g. if the reader needs to browse the stacks behind the librarian's desk, the duty librarian will need to move away to ensure 2m separation at all times.)
g. Please only use the recycling and rubbish bins found in the main corridors of the Warburg and do not leave any rubbish in the RNS/BNS Library.
h. Only one duty librarian and one visitor can access the RNS/BNS Library on any one day. Ad-hoc visits to the library are not allowed by the Warburg at this time.

Please note – the RNS/BNS Library is only open on Tuesdays between noon and 17:00.



1) Members must request an appointment by emailing the RNS/BNS librarian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating:
        a. Full name
        b. Date of visit requested (please only request a Tuesday between noon and 17:00).

2) All requests for an appointment must be received by the RNS/BNS Librarian at least 1 week before visiting to allow time for the librarian to co-ordinate access with the Warburg.

3) As only one visitor can access the RNS/BNS Library on any one day, appointment requests will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

4) Please do not make any arrangements, until your appointment has been confirmed by the RNS/BNS Librarian, confirming that the appointment has been accepted by the Warburg.

This is a first step towards reopening the RNS/BNS Library, while following the Warburg’s COVID-19 policies and procedures. The RNS/BNS Numismatic Library is an exceptional resource to be enjoyed by all members of the two societies – even if it is just one visitor at a time, for now.