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Using the Collections

Following the remodelling of the library we have taken a thorough review of the service we offer in respect of the Special Collections.  We have devised a new process that will enable us to give the best possible access, while ensuring continued protection of the Collection's materials.  If you have any comments or advice to offer these will be very welcome so please contact the Faculty Librarians,


Access for Special Collections users is by appointment only. Use of the materials will be restricted to the Special Collections Room on the 2nd floor of the library and will be supervised by a member of the Library Collection Management staff.


If you would like to use any of the materials, whether it's an individual item, or a whole collection, please complete the enquiry/appointment form and email as an attachment to We will be back in touch to confirm the appointment and clarify any questions with you. 


Please be aware that the Illustrated Books Collection and the Design Collection are currently unavailable. They will be available again when they are settled in their new home. We don’t yet have a date for this.


Usually appointments for the Special Collections Rooms in the Library are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We can offer times from 10.00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 

Please wait for confirmation from before making any firm plans. We may be unable to give you access on the day you prefer but we will work with you to try to meet your needs at an alternative time.

When making an appointment:

  • Please give as much information about what you want to use and when you need to access it.
  • If there are a number of alternative days/times you can visit please let us know.
  • If you found the item using the Library Catalogue, include information from that record in your email.
  • In order to ensure we can have staff available and that we are clear about your needs, please give at least 10 working days notice before you intend to make your visit. 

Before you come to the Library please check the User Guidelines and the Guidelines for Copies and Photography and let us know if you think you will need copies of materials, or if you would like to take photographs.