Contact Us

National Jazz Archive
Loughton Library,
Traps Hill, Loughton
Essex IG10 1HD

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8502 4701



To make an enquiry to the National Jazz Archive the best way is to complete the form provided below. When you click on the 'send' button it will use email to send the information you supply.

Alternatively e-mail or telephone us using the details supplied here. If you want to make an appointment to see something specific at the Archive, telephone our research archivist David Nathan, who will be happy to help.

The entrance to Loughton Library is next to a public car park and is easy to find

To view any of our digitised archive materials that have copyright restrictions, you will need to make arrangements to visit the Archive reading room when it is open.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Archive's reading room



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Opening Times

Monday 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 10am - 1pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 10am - 1pm

Visitor Arrangements

Visitors will be welcome to visit the Archive Reading Room in person from 13 July 2020. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, this is currently subject to the following restrictions:

  • Visitors will only be admitted by pre-arranged appointment;
  • The maximum number of individuals in the room at any time is restricted to 4;
  • Hands must be sanitised upon entering the room (sanitiser is available);
  • All visitors are required to wear a mask, although volunteers and library or archive staff may not;
  • 2 metres social distancing must be observed so far as practicable throughout the building;
  • Face-to-face contact in the Archive room is limited to 15 minutes;
  • Any items brought into the room for the Archive must be placed on the clearly marked ‘Quarantine Trolley’ as per the instructions on the trolley. Similarly, with any items which require refiling after use.


Loughton Library, which houses the National Jazz Archive, is accessible by wheelchair through an automated double-width door. It also has an induction loop system to assist those with a hearing impairment. The lift is located to the left as you enter the building, providing access to the first floor.

The adjacent public car-park has designated disabled parking bays.  Please note that there are no wheelchair accessible toilets available within the library. 

More information can be found here.

How to Find Us

The National Jazz Archive is located on the 1st floor of Loughton Library, which is located approximately two miles beyond the north-eastern edge of London.

Get directions.

By Car

The nearest motorway access is at junction 5 (exit northbound only) of the M11, and junction 26 of the M25. If you’re using a satellite navigation device, please enter our postcode – IG10 1HD – and look out for the turning into the library grounds off Traps Hill. There is a public pay-and-display car park available next to the library.

By Tube

Loughton station on the London Underground is approximately a 15 minute walk away, with frequent trains to/from the centre of London. Alternatively, bus routes 20, 167 and 397 stop at Traps Hill and serve London and other parts of Essex, and Hertfordshire.

For assistance in planning your journey, please try the TFL Journey Planner (if you’re travelling from London) or Traveline.