Use our collections
The Special Collections and Archives and the National Fairground and Circus Archive are open for all researchers.
Visits to our reading room can be booked for the following sessions during our normal working hours of Monday to Thursday, 10:00am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 4:00pm.
We are based on level 4 of Western Bank Library.
Where possible, we ask that you book at least three days in advance of your visit. We are open to walk-ins from staff and students but cannot guarantee material requested can be made available on the day.
To consult our collections, please download, complete, and email back our Consultation and Booking form:
To search our collections, please visit the Discover our Collections page.
For enquiries, and to book a visit, contact us via email or phone:
Telephone: 0114 222 7299
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel or rearrange your visit.
Please follow the guidance below to help us safeguard our collections
- Bring a form of identification. U cards are acceptable.
- Use pencils or laptops for note taking. Bring your own fully charged laptop if required.
- Eating and drinking is not permitted in the reading room.
- Lockers are provided for bags and coats.
- We ask that visitors wash their hands to use our collections.
- Please show consideration towards other readers by keeping noise to a minimum.
- You may be permitted to take photographs using your own phone or camera.
- Please handle our collections with care and follow any guidance provided by staff
We provide a digitisation service for researchers who cannot visit the reading room in person.
For more information and fees, please visit the Digitisation and Copying Services page.
Please ask a member of staff for assistance; we are happy to help.