Special Collections

Welcome to the University's accredited archive service and home to our unique Special Collections

About our collections

Our Special Collections Reading Room is located within the Headington Library. Our mission is to curate unique collections for teaching and research and anyone may use our collections. 

The Special Collections Reading Room has reopened to Brookes staff and students. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, and to ensure our staff and users are as safe as possible, we will be operating a restricted service with the following measures in place:

  • All users are required to pre-book an appointment by emailing Annabel Valentine avalentine@brookes.ac.uk  Material kept in the Archive Room must be requested in advance.
  • Appointments can be made 9am-4pm Wednesday and Thursday with a closure for lunch 12pm-1pm. If you are unable to visit on these days we will do our best to accommodate your visit on a different day.
  • Reading room seats have been reduced to a maximum of six to ensure a distance of 2m between users.
  • Face coverings are compulsory for all users, except those exempt in line with government guidelines.
  • Users will need to log their details on an online Test and Trace form when they arrive.
  • All material will be quarantined for 72 hours after use.
  • High touch points will be regularly cleaned (this includes door handles, trolley handles, shelving buttons, lockers etc.).
  • The catalogue and networked PCs have been taken out of use.

External researchers can continue to use our remote enquiry service.

These measures will be reviewed regularly and this page will be updated when changes are made. If you have any queries please contact us at libraryenquiries@brookes.ac.uk 

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