What will happen when I arrive?
Ring the bell and a member of staff will buzz you in. For security and conservation reasons, you will need to leave your bags and coats at reception. We have dedicated storage areas, which are staffed at all times. Clear plastic bags are available if you want to take valuables into the reading room. You can also take in and use your laptop - there are power points in the reading room and the group study areas.
Items are not on open shelves. If you have not already pre-ordered your items, you will need to fill in a request slip, stating the author (if any), title and shelf mark, of each item and a member of staff will retrieve it for you (at busy times this may take 30-60 minutes). You can identify items of interest in advance by searching our catalogues and database online or you can use our catalogue PCs in the reading room.
If you have ordered documents from the University Archive or Western Campus Store they will be ready for you on arrival. Staff will not be able to retrieve material held in off-site stores on demand.