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Special Collections Virtual Reading Room Service

Special Collections Virtual Reading Room Service

The Special Collections team are excited to announce the newly launched Virtual Reading Room Service, where researchers can book a digital appointment to view Special Collections' material remotely, wherever they are based.

Digital appointments are one hour in length and are facilitated using an on site visualiser and viewed via the video conferencing platform Zoom. These appointments are suitable for all researchers, whether members of Newcastle University or external researchers, who:

  • are not able to visit Special Collections in person 
  • need to view item(s) unavailable elsewhere to look at a particular piece of information or detail
  • need to assess a Special Collections item(s) for content which they might like to have digitised through our Digitisation Service.

During the digital appointment, a member of Special collections staff will go through the material at your direction while you view it on your screen.

Image of a PC with  an book on a book rest and a visualiser, projecting the image onto the PC
  • Digital appointments are not offered as a means of expert consultation, rather the role of the member of staff facilitating will be to provide visual access to collections material only. 
  • Not all material is suitable for these appointments due to size, condition or content, if the material you request to view is unsuitable for consultation via the virtual reading room service, or if it has already been digitised and is available to view through our online image platform CollectionsCaptured, you will be contacted by a member of Special Collections staff after you have submitted your request form.  
  • In order to use the virtual reading room service you will need to have access to Zoom. 

Find out more

The library's Special Collections and Archives is an Accreditated Archive Service and home to Newcastle University's archive and rare book collections. You can visit their web pages to learn how to search and browse their collections, how to request material and more about copying and reusing their collections.