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.

We retrieval items form our strongrooms continuously throughout the day, last orders being 4.15pm each day, except 4.30pm on Thursdays (our late night opening). Most items are retrieved within 20 minutes.

A small amount of our book collection however is held offsite.  Store material retrievals are carried out twice a day at 11:15am & 2:15pm.


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.