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 following form.

Alternatively e-mail or telephone us on the details below. If you want to make an appointment to see something specific at the Archive, telephone our research archivist David Nathan.

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


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Opening Times

Monday 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 10am - 1pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm (1pm - 5pm by appointment only)
Thursday Closed
Friday 10am - 1pm


Visitors are welcome in the Archive Reading Room without appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 10am - 1pm. If you have specific research to undertake it is advisable to contact us in advance with your area of research so that we can prepare materials for you.

If you need to carry out research yet aren’t able to visit us in person, you might find our enquiry service useful – please contact us if you’d like more information.


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.