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The Edward Boyle Library is open today. Other libraries are closed due to industrial action.
Check opening hours before you visit.

Plan a visit

Plan a visit

Special Collections is currently undertaking a major refurbishment and reorganisation of some of its stores. Many collections have moved into temporary storage and are temporarily unavailable, and Special Collections will be closed from 8th August to 23rd September. Our enquiry and copying service will not be available during this period either. Please check the latest situation with the Research Centre team when making a booking.

Visits in person

You are very welcome to book a visit to consult material in the Research Centre. You may visit as an individual or part of a group. All visits must be booked in advance.

Please use the Visitor basket to choose items and book a visit. As we need to retrieve items requested by you, and all items must be handled with care, visits need to be booked at least three days in advance. If you are requesting items that are held in an offsite store then we need at least five days notice.

Contact us if you would like to discuss and specific needs on advance of your visit.

Access Images

We can take photos of material for individual, private research. These photos will be of a similar quality to those from a mobile phone.

There is a charge of £15 for 30 minutes work or £25 for one hour.

Please use the “Order a copy” option in the Special Collections catalogue to make a request. Find out more about requesting copying.

If the material is too large or fragile to photograph safely, we will let you know so that you can submit a request for a high quality image though our Digitisation Service. Charges apply for digitisation.

Virtual consultations

We are offering virtual consultations for researchers who cannot visit in person, for example international researchers, so that they can still access material. This allows you to determine if the material is useful for your research and helps you get a better understanding of the material held. We can show you items live via Teams. Sessions can last for up to an hour. Please contact us to discuss your needs further.

Please use the Visitor basket to choose items and request a consultation.


Contact us with any enquiries as usual.