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.

Outside the National Jazz Archive offices, which are housed in Loughton Library.

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.

Inside the National Jazz Archive offices, which houses our reading room and many of our physical material.

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



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Opening Times

Monday10am - 1pm
Tuesday10am - 1pm
Wednesday10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm
Friday10am - 1pm

Visitor Arrangements

Following the relaxation of Covid rules on 19 July 2021 the National Jazz Archive continues to welcome visitors to the archive in person. However,

a) All visitors are asked to take sensible Covid precautions including observing social distancing guidelines and regular sanitising;

b) The archive reserves the right to limit the number of visitors to the archive room at any one time to mitigate the risk of Covid spread. Anyone planning to visit is therefore asked to let us know in advance so that the risk of overcrowding can be avoided.

Safety will continue to be our priority and any access restrictions will be kept under regular review. Further updates will be provided on our news page should the situation change.


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 about access can be found online.

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.

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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.

Whilst you're here

Have a look at some of our collections, by seeing what we have to view online, or find out how you can help support the Archive as a volunteer or donor.