Answered By: Stephen Harding
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2020     Views: 7

  • To use Special Collections you need to identify the archives or rare books you want to look at and request them before your visit. Please read our step-by-step guide to finding and requesting.
  • We have new health and safety arrangements for your visit to Special Collections, please read these carefully. In line with the UK Archive Sector we have adopted The National Archives’ Coronavirus Visitor Charter. Before your visit we ask that you read and commit to the charter in relation to your visit with us. All of these measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of valued researchers like you, and our staff. We thank you in advance for complying with them.
  • After requesting an item, there is a 2 step process:
  1. You will be sent an email to organise a provisional date and a time that you would like to visit.
  2. Once a provisional booking has been made, a second email will be sent to confirm that requested material has been retrieved and is available to view on your selected date and timeslot. Please do not come to the Philip Robinson library until your request has been confirmed.
  • Requested items will then be made available for you to consult in your specified timeslot, in the Reading Room on Level 1 of the Philip Robinson Library.
  • Please do not go directly to the Reading Room. When you arrive at the Philip Robinson library, a member of staff will greet you and take you down to the reading room on Level 1, where your research materials will be made available to you (please see FAQ ‘What happens when I visit Special Collections?’).

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