Visiting the NFCA

Reading room

The Reading Room is open to everyone with eight study spaces, two computers and a seating area for visitors wishing to browse our books and journals.

Important Customer Notice:

Building Closures for Improvements to the Heating and Cooling System

The Western Bank Library is undergoing essential work to provide a better study, work and research environment to all its users. The improvement of the heating and cooling system will take place between Monday 10th June and Saturday 5th October 2019. Please notice that the building will be closed during this period.

The National Fairground and Circus Archive will continue to operate its reading room but will be unable to host visitors without previous booking due to access restrictions.

Please ensure you book your appointment in advance to visit us by contacting

Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday: 9:30am - 4:30pm (closed for lunch 1pm - 2pm)
Thursday: visits by appointment only (dependent on staff availability)
Friday to Sunday: Closed

Booking your Visit

Although our reading room is open to all ‘walk-in’ visitors we highly recommend advanced bookings. This will enable us to provide you with relevant research material, retrieve collections and book any necessary equipment contact us.
It is highly recommended that you book a computer if you wish to use our specialist websites and electronic resources.
Microfilm readers, film viewing and audio equipment must be booked in advance.


The NFCA Reading Room is situated on
Level 4
Western Bank Library
University of Sheffield
S10 2TN

We are accessible via stairs and lift, if you have any mobility difficulties please let us know in advance.
Access for visitors with mobility difficulties

Journey Planner

Reading Room Guidelines for Users

Please help us take care of our collections by familiarising yourself with the Reading Room Guidelines for Users

  • Please bring a form of photographic identification with you to present at the Library information desk in order to obtain a pass into the library
  • Please be respectful of other users and switch your mobile phones to silent mode

If you have any queries please ask a member of the staff, we are here to help