Visiting the Archives
You must book an appointment in order to visit the Archives and Special Collections.
This can be done by email email@example.com or phone 01248 383276.
9.30-12.00 (morning) 1.30-4.00 (afternoon)
If possible, we ask you to explain your requirements and pre-order documents and rare books.
If you have special any access requirements please let us know before your visit.
If you do not already have a Library and Archives Card please print and complete the ‘User Registration Form’ in advance of your visit and bring it with you along with 2 forms of identification.
Readers may be disrupted over the next few months due to construction work outside the Archives.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
The reading rooms
You can access the reading rooms by entering the foyer and ringing the bell on the inner door. A member of staff from the Archives and Special Collections will come to greet you.
There are two reading rooms available in the Archives. To ensure that the rooms are well ventilated the windows will be open and there will be an air purifier running so remember to bring warm clothes.
Once in the consultation area you will be assigned a specific seat. There will be no need for you to wear gloves.
Public toilets are available with hand washing facilities on the 1st and 2nd floors above the Archives and in the Main Library. Hand sanitisers are also provided in various locations.