The University of Warwick is on the southern edge of Coventry, approximately 5km from the city centre. Nearby towns include Kenilworth (5 km), Leamington Spa (10 km), Warwick (10 km) and Stratford-on-Avon (20 km). The University is 25 km south-east of Birmingham, and 160 km north of London.
The Modern Records Centre is located on the Main University Campus, in the Central Campus Library extension. The building is signposted from Library Road and has wheelchair access.
The closest railway station is at Coventry.
Maps of campus
Interactive map (search for Modern Records Centre)
Downloadable map of central campus - the University Library and Modern Records Centre are in the middle of the central campus map
Directions to the university campus:
There have been some major changes to the campus roads and parking since 2020. Please be aware of the parking restrictions and access routes if you are a visiting researcher or a depositor delivering material to us.
Current information about parking facilities and restrictions is available elsewhere on the university's website, including a downloadable pdf which shows the location of parking spaces across campus.
Parking on campus can either be paid for online in advance, through an app when you arrive, or by card through a payment machine situated in the Arts Centre (less than 5 minutes walk from the Modern Records Centre).
Some campus roads have been closed for pedestrianisation and a one-way system is now in place (closed sections are marked in yellow on the campus map). Access to the nearest public car parks to the Modern Records Centre is now through a temporary diversion - please turn left at the new barrier (where the yellow line starts on the campus map) and follow the road around the loop to the visitor car parks. On the left the open car park (formerly car park 8a) is for short visits only (up to 4 hours). On the right the multi-storey car park (formerly car park 8) is for longer stays but tickets can only be paid for by mobile devices.
Reserved visitor parking is now only available at the Gibbet Hill campus some distance away.
Details of Blue Badge parking are available on the university website. It is necessary to register in advance. The nearest accessible car park to the Modern Records Centre is behind Senate House, with 16 spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders. Please note that the left-hand path from here (signposted 'Social Sciences') may be the most convenient to reach the MRC, as the route via the right-hand path (signposted 'Library' etc) is via a flight of steps.
Please let us know in advance if you are delivering material and to arrange a date and approximate time of arrival with a member of MRC staff. Visitors on foot should use the pedestrian entrance at the front of the building (marked with a triangle on the campus map).
Deliveries by vehicle need to be made to the back door / loading bay of the Modern Records Centre - this is located at the rear of the main Library building. The whole of the University of Warwick central campus (including the MRC) is covered by the postcode CV4 7AL.
Please be aware that the road layout on campus has changed in recent years, some roads have been pedestrianised and a one way system is now in place (for current road layout, see the campus map). To obtain access to the MRC by vehicle:
- Drive onto main campus using Lord Bhattacharyya Way.
- Where this road turns sharply left into the Academic Loop Road, continue instead straight on into University Road (University Road has a partial barrier across the left side, and access is for authorised vehicles and deliveries only).
- Pass underneath the footbridge and then turn right into Library Road, passing underneath another footbridge.
- Immediately after the Main Library / Café Library on your left, turn left just before the Law School / Social Sciences.
- Turn left again into the delivery area which is situated between the Library and the Modern Records Centre / Library Extension buildings.
The MRC loading bay and its metal shutter doors are situated on your right, approximately halfway along the building underneath the bridge. Please ring the University of Warwick doorbell located on the wall to the right of the folding doors to alert a member of MRC staff, or telephone +44 (0)24 7652 4219.