Accessing records

Record availability

If you would like to check the availability of your chosen items, please contact From time to time items are temporarily removed for digitization or exhibition at other organisations. 

Accessing records

All of our rare books and archive material is for reference use only and cannot be taken out of the searchroom. When you visit, request the items you wish to view on order slips and staff will fetch the items for you from our climate controlled strongrooms.

Our target is to retrieve requested material within 30 minutes, although most items are retrieved within 15 minutes. A small amount of our book collection however is held offsite and such items may take longer to retrieve.


We offer a reprographics service to aid you in your research. For more information on costs and procedures and general guidance about copying your chosen resource, please visit out Reprographics page. 


We provide a number of other services and facilties for visiting researchers. Please visit our facilities page for further information.