Visiting the Cadbury Research Library

Covid-19 update

We remain open to University of Birmingham students and staff but with an emphasis on providing remote support as far as possible due to reduced staff presence on site. We will review our service offer regularly.

University of Birmingham students and staff

In-person visits for UoB students and staff can be pre-booked when requests cannot reasonably be completed through free copies/virtual consultations.

We will continue to provide:

  • Enhanced enquiry service
  • Reprographics service - free for UoB students/staff up to 50 pages
  • Virtual consultations where appropriate

Please email us at for details of these enhanced services and to discuss your requirements.

Non-UoB researchers

At present we are unable to provide access to any researchers who are not current students or staff at the University of Birmingham. Our phased reopening plans are heavily focused on public health guidance and significantly reduced capacity in our reading room. As such, our initial offer provides controlled access for our own staff and students.

We hope to welcome non-UoB researchers back from 1st July 2021 on a booked appointment basis, but accommodating externals on-site remains subject to evolving national and UoB guidance and this date may be subject to change. If you wish to book an appointment, please contact us from mid-June 2021 onwards when we should have a clearer idea of the national and local situation.

Whilst we are unable to offer physical appointments for non-UoB researchers, we are happy to provide the following:

  • Enhanced enquiry service – staff will spend up to a maximum of 1 hour on individual enquiries
  • Reprographics service – additional staff resource has been diverted to providing scanned images
  • Virtual consultations where appropriate.

Please email us at for details of these enhanced services and to discuss your requirements.

Health and Safety

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

  • Enhanced cleaning schedules
  • 72 hours quarantining of collection materials and book supports/weights
  • Social distancing signage throughout the building
  • Additional regulations for users in the CRL Reading Room, including hand hygiene
  • Hand sanitiser stations in addition to hand washing facilities

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

Access to the Cadbury Research Library

We have significantly reduced capacity due to social distancing measures. All access, for UoB staff and students, will be by appointment only:

  • Requests should be made to:
  • Appointments will be subject to availability of spaces in the CRL Reading Room
  • Your appointment will be for one UoB staff or student only. You must not bring anyone else with you
  • Requests for appointments must be made at least one week in advance
  • All researchers must complete an online Canvas course prior to visiting the CRL for the first time since our Covid-19 reopening. Details will be sent to you once you've booked a place.
  • All researchers must read, and agree to, our Coronavirus Researcher Charter
  • Researchers will be given a staggered arrival time and departure time
  • Priority will be given to time-limited research access requirements. If your needs are not urgent please consider waiting until a later date to make a request
  • On the day of your appointment please wait at the rear entrance to the Muirhead Tower (near to the undercroft car park). A member of staff will meet you at this entrance at your designated arrival time. If you cannot make your agreed time, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • All material will need to be pre-ordered. A maximum of 6 archive boxes, and/or 10 rare books, can be retrieved in advance for one researcher each day.

Pre-Arrival Registration (Required)

Once your appointment has been confirmed, you will be sent an ‘Access to Archives’ form and our Coronavirus Researcher Charter. This is for all users, even those who have visited before. Please complete this paperwork and, ideally, return to us by email or bring with you on the day.


Toilets will be available as usual, with additional hygiene measures in place. However, some facilities will not be available in order to reduce the risk of transmission. These include:

  • Open Access PCs: if you require online access, please ensure that you bring your own laptop or tablet (these may be taken in to the Reading Room). Alternative, staff will be available to search on your behalf, but using your own device is recommended.
  • Microfilms: access to microfilm surrogates will not be possible. Researchers will be advised of alternatives (such as online content and, in some cases, permission to view originals).
  • All paper catalogues, resource guides and reference books. These items should only be handled by staff.


If you would like to discuss options for delivering teaching with our collections during the 2021-2022 academic year, please email us at


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