Visiting the Cadbury Research Library

Page last updated 6 January 2022.

In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some changes to the way we operate. Access to the collections is currently by appointment only.

How to make a booking if you wish to visit:

  • Requests for appointments to be made at least one week in advance
  • Email to book
  • State your first and second choice dates (see below for our opening hours, Monday-Friday lunchtime). We are experiencing high demand for bookings, so if you have flexibility with days you can visit, that will help with your booking process.
  • Specify what you’d like to view when you make your booking. Up to six archive boxes or ten printed books can be pre-ordered. Additional material can be ordered over lunchtime on the day of your visit. If you are unsure about the quantity of material you are requesting, list your items in order of priority and the first six boxes will be fetched initially for you.

We also provide:

Opening times:

Until Friday 28 January 2022, our searchroom is open Monday to Thursday 10.20 to 15.40. The searchroom will close over lunch between 13.00 and 13.30 each day. On Fridays the searchroom is open from 10.20 to 13.10. Outside of these hours, staff are supporting the research community by operating a virtual reading room; hosting small in-person groups and teaching sessions; as well as running an enquiry and reprographics service.

From Monday 31 January 2022, our searchroom times will be Monday to Thursday 10.15 to 15.45, closed for lunch 13.00 to 13.30. Fridays 10.15 to 13.15.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games is being held 28 July - 8 August 2022. Some events will take place at the Universty of Birmingham, and campus is expected to be very busy. 

We are closed on Bank Holidays and University of Birmingham closed days

Teaching at the University of Birmingham

If you would like to discuss options for delivering teaching at the University of Birmingham with our collections, please email


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  • The Cadbury Research Library is discoverable on Google Maps

Health and Safety

The Cadbury Research Library has enhanced hygiene measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. These include:

  • Enhanced cleaning schedules
  • Additional regulations for users in the CRL Reading Room
  • Hand sanitiser stations in addition to hand washing facilities

Researchers will be required to wear their own face covering during their visit, unless exempt. If you have any specific questions, please ask these at the time of making your request for access.

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