We welcome researchers who wish to use the Collections for their projects. Please refer to the specific collection’s web pages for appointment details. 

There is a readers’ room which is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm (excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year).

Reader registration

New readers must fill out a registration form. This is valid for one year, after which time registration must be renewed by completing a new form.

New readers (and readers renewing their registration) must provide documents for both photographic proof of identity and proof of permanent address from the following list: 

  • Passport
  • Driving licence 
  • Bank or credit card
  • National ID card 
  • Utility bill *
  • Bank/building society statement *
  • Credit card statement *
  • National ID card with address 
  • Driving license with address 
  • Council tax bill/council rent book

* no older than four months

Original documents are required - not copies, faxes or printouts.

Letters of introduction

Students (undergraduate and postgraduate) are asked to supply a letter of introduction from a tutor or advisor, in addition to the documents above.