The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries


The Archive holds the administrative records of the Company since it received a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1557. These records include:

  • The Stationers' Company Registers 1554-1842 (Copyright records for the period 1842-1924 are deposited at The National Archives.)
  • Court Books, 1602 to the present day
  • Membership records, 1555 to the present day
  • Financial and legal documents
  • Photographs and ephemera

How to Access the Stationers’ Company Archive

Our Reading Room is open to the public. Opening hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10.00-17.00. To view our access policy, click here.

Access is by appointment only. Please contact the archivist ( at least one week prior to your intended visit, with as much information as possible about your intended research and any additional requirements you may have, to ensure that we can help you make the most of your visit.

Researchers are asked to complete a registration form on their first visit, and to bring along two forms of identification. The form may be downloaded here. Please note the list of acceptable forms of ID. Members of the Company are not required to register.

All users of the Reading Room will be required to sign in, and to abide by the Reading Room Regulations. You can view the Regulations here. Access to our Archive is free of charge and is open to all researchers, but it is conditional on your acceptance of these regulations.

For information on remote access options (digital archive and microfilm), and information on useful web resources, please click here

Please contact if you have any further questions.    

Online Exhibitions

Our current online exhibition complements our 2021 Archive Evening, Print, Profit and People: Stories of the English Stock. Click here to enter