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Use our Collections

Use our Collections

Find everything you need to know about how to request items, plan your visit and copying and reusing our collections.

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic our reading room has reopened but with reduced opening times and by appointment only. We are currently prioritising onsite services for staff, students and NHS colleagues. Access for our valued community of external users will follow later.

Find out what you need to know before visiting us, including how to request material, planning your visit, our digitisation service and information on reusing Special Collections material in your work.

Help and Advice

Would you like some help and advice on how to use Special Collections and Archives material in your research? Our Special Collections staff are happy to help.

Book an appointment with a member of Special Collections staff for:

  • in-depth help on using archive and rare book catalogues and finding aids
  • tips for effective search strategies, primary source research skills
  • acknowledgement and copyright
  • finding archives and rare books in other repositories - see our dedicated Special Collections & Archives guide for how to get started

If you would like to book an appointment please use the contact details below to get in touch.