- What we collect
- Preserving our collections
- Building our collections
- Selected Library collections
- Collection statistics
- History of the collection
- Processing and describing our collections
Once requested, most special collections items are delivered to the Special Collections Reading Room three times each weekday at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm.
Please Note: Due to building works scheduled February to May 2020 the delivery of some manuscripts will be limited to once per day or may not be available. See the temporary manuscript delivery time changes on our collection delivery times page for more information. Other special collection items will be delivered to the usual delivery times.
Some items are stored offsite and so take longer to deliver, these are delivered twice each weekday at 10.30am and 4pm.
Photographic negatives, colour prints and glass slides may require an acclimatisation period before being delivered. If these or other overly fragile items are digitised we may ask you to use the online version instead of delivering the original items.
Once delivered, items are held on reserve for you for one week. There are no collection deliveries on weekends. Items that have been delivered and are on reserve can be viewed on Saturdays.
A small number of items are held in special storage conditions and are delivered once daily on weekdays only, and must be returned by 5pm on that day. The Collect from statement will say "Special Collections Reading Room - conditions apply", contact us for advice on using these items.
See our collection delivery times page for further details.