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Use our Collections

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

We can offer the following services:

  • Virtual Reading Room service - book an appointment to view Special Collections material remotely, wherever you are based.
  • Visit us in person - book an appointment to view Special Collections material in our reading room.
  • Digitisation service - order digital copies of our rare book and archive holdings, wherever possible.
  • Have a question? - if you have a question relating to any of our collections, please email

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.