Information Services – Special Collections



Special Collections and Archives will be closed from Monday 27 July. The service will resume by 21st September. Unfortunately, the team will not be able to deal with any requests or enquiries during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Why? The Special Collections and Archives office, reading room, and collections are moving into the new Templeman Library extension. Find out more

Please see below for information relevant outside of this closure period. We will be taking bookings from 1 September 2015.

Access and opening hours

Anyone is welcome to visit Special Collections, but an appointment is necessary to view material.

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm

From time to time it may be necessary to close the reading room for teaching purposes. Please check the Library news for the latest information.

See also Templeman Library opening hours.

Requesting material to consult

Please give us one working day's notice of your visit to enable staff to retrieve the items. Materials requested on a Friday will be available by the following Tuesday. We will contact you to confirm the time of your appointment. You can request material online.

Special Collections material can only be accessed in our reading room and is not available for borrowing.

Group teaching facilities

Seminars for groups of up to 16 people can be arranged in the reading room, and material from our collections can be made available to support them. Please give as much notice as possible to ensure the room is available, and provide details of the material required.

Contact us

To make an appointment or if you have an enquiry:


How to find us

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Last Updated: 11/08/2015