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Visiting

You are welcome to arrange a visit to view the archives.

Visiting the Archive and Reference Library

The Archive & Reference Library is open to all who wish to view material in our collections.

We are pleased to be able to welcome back visitors after being closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Please see below for the procedures we have implemented in order to keep staff and visitors safe for the foreseeable future:

Before deciding to visit, please consider whether your visit is necessary. We offer a remote copying service and this might be more convenient for you. Contact us to enquire further.

  • The ARL is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am - 12.30pm.
  • We can accommodate one visitor in each slot.
  • Visits must be booked at least one week in advance, but we encourage you to plan further ahead in order to reserve your desired slot. If you have not booked you will be turned away.
  • To book, please contact us and let us know when you would like to visit and what topic you'd like to research, so that we can advise you on our holdings.
  • You will be able to browse the Reference Library shelves and order material from archive collections. Please see the catalogues to search for material relating to your research topic.
  • Photocopying facilities will not be available, but you can take pictures using your own device and following copyright legislation for the usual £5 fee.
  • All visitors will be required to wear a face covering whilst using the ARL, unless exempt.

If you are unable to visit the Archive and Reference Library we may be able to undertake some research on your behalf. This service is charged at £20 (+VAT) per hour, please contact the Archivist for more details.

Contact the Archivist

Catherine McIntyre

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