Petherick Reading Room

The Petherick Reading Room (next to the Main Reading Room on the Ground floor) provides both services to advanced researchers and access for all readers to special collections such as rare books, sheet music, ephemera and oral history interviews.

In the Petherick Reading Room visitors will also find:

  • facilities for using special collection material, including microform readers/scanners
  • audio cassette and compact disc players
  • Sibelius music notation software and keyboard

If you are undertaking advanced research or need to make long-term use of the Library’s printed collections you may apply for a Petherick Reader’s card.

After hours access to material from Newspapers and Microforms, Maps, Pictures and Manuscripts and Asian collections may be possible through the Petherick Reading Room by prior arrangement.