Reopening to the public
Our opening hours will be as follows:
- Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm
- Thursdays, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm
A maximum of 5 researchers will be admitted at a time and there will be a requirement to pre-book a search room space and order documents and rare books by 3pm on the Friday the week before your visit.
We ask all researchers to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01248 383276 prior to your visit to discuss your requirements.
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.
This phased approach to reopening will help us to ensure that the service can be delivered safely. It also gives us the opportunity to review our approach with the flexibility to adjust our plans accordingly if required.
Coronavirus restrictions and staff capacity may have a direct impact on this service and bookings could be cancelled at very short notice. Please bear this in mind if you are travelling from afar.
What to expect when the Archives and Special Collections re-opens
The usual reading room will not be open but a temporary consultation area for the Archives and Special Collections will be located in the ‘Social Learning’ area in the main library. Access to this space will be via the entrance of te main library.
Please arrive at your specific appointment time. You will be guided to your table by Library and Archives staff.
We will have social distancing and hygiene measures in place and, if you are able to, you will be required to wear your own face covering during your visit.
To ensure that the room is well ventilated the windows will be open, so remember to bring warm clothes.
Once in the consultation area you will be assigned a specific seat – use only the seat assigned to you.
Access to the card index and online catalogue will not be available, but paper catalogues and reference books on the open shelves in the Archives and Special Collections can be pre-ordered.
It will not be necessary to wear gloves. The Archives and Special Collections will have a safe retrieval service in place.
A member of the Archives and Special Collections staff will be present in the search room at all times, however, due to limited staff capacity and social distancing measures, we will not be able to provide extensive one to one assistance.
Public toilets are available with hand washing facilities. All visitors will ensure stringent hand washing takes place for at least 20 seconds at a time. Hand sanitisers are also provided in various locations.
It will not be possible for those consulting material from the Archives and Special Collections to make photocopies. For this period alone we will waive the fee for taking photograph with your own phone. All copyright restrictions will still apply.