Current accessibility of collections
Please bear in mind that our collections of books and other materials are currently in the process of being catalogued and so access to the library collections remains partial. However, we do have some books available for lending and some of our archive collections are now accessible.
If you have a specific research request, or something in particular that you wish to see, we will do our best to help you.
You are welcome to pop by the library to browse our books during opening hours: 10am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
If you would like to visit the Library outside these hours, please get in touch.
Archive and museum collections
If you would like to have a look at our archive collections please make an appointment with our archivist, Hannah Little.
Our collections are precious, because of this we ask that:
- No food or drink is allowed when consulting archival material
- Please make sure that your hands are clean (i.e. no hand cream!)
- Only pencils should be used for taking notes – no pens, tippex, rubbers or highlighters
- Please do not lean on or trace the material
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our collections and can help point you in the right direction with your research. We will aim to answer detailed research enquiries within two weeks. For research enquiries that require more than 30 minutes we will recommend that you pay for our research service.
Photocopying and digital photographs
If you wish to have photocopies of any reference material to use for your own private study, we are able to do this in some cases for you for a small fee.
Charges per page:
Black and white A4: 20p, A3: 40p
Colour A4: 50 p , A3: £1.00
We ask all those requiring copies or taking digital photographs of material to sign a copyright permissions form.
Please bear in mind that sometimes material will be too fragile to be copied. Other material will also be restricted due to copyright law.
When taking digital photographs, please do not use a flash.
You are welcome to use you own laptop for making notes, however, access to plug sockets is restricted. We are not currently able to offer WiFi internet access – wireless internet access is available in the Mitchell Library.
For general accessibility and information about visiting, see Where to Find Us.