Using Special Collections and Archives

  • Getting started

    Our Special Collections Reading Room is located within the Headington Library. Anyone may use our collections for research but staff and students will need to bring their University ID card, and external visitors with need to register on their first visit to obtain a Reading Room pass.

    On arrival in the Reading Room you will be asked to show your University ID or Reading Room pass and to sign in. By signing in you will be agreeing to follow the Reading Room regulations.

    Bags and coats cannot be taken into the study area - lockers and coat racks are provided for your convenience.

    Study area and facilities

    The Reading Room has a study area that seats up to 8 users at any one time. Access is provided to the Library Catalogue and to the Archive Catalogue. For Brookes users there is also a networked pc available. Users are welcome to bring in their own laptop. If you are making handwritten notes please use a pencil.

    Staff are available to help you locate material and to advise on how best to handle items.

    We provide a copying service and other reprographic services are available on request.

    Consulting material held in the Reading Room

    Special Collections material can only be accessed in our Reading Room and is not available for borrowing. You may browse the collections shelved in the Reading Room and there is no limit on how many items you may use at one time.

    Please handle items with care when removing them from the shelves. Markers are supplied and should be placed where items have been removed. Once you have finished with an item, please leave it on the re-shelving trolley provided.

    Archive Room material

    To request material to be fetched from the Archive Room, please complete a request form for each item. You may consult four separate items or one archive box from the Archive Room at any one time.

    At the end of your visit

    Before you leave, please check you have returned Reading Room material to the re-shelving trolley and/or have returned Archive Room items to the staff on duty. Please sign out, collect your belongings from your locker and return the locker key.

    If you'd like to leave a comment about the service a visitors book is available for this purpose.