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Visiting Special Collections during the Coronavirus emergency

Arrangements on the day of your visit


Remember to wear a face covering at all times.

Always maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres from other people. Floor markings and other signage have been installed to remind you of this.

If you require an induction tour, call a member of staff when you arrive at the Library entrance using the number you have been given when arranging your appointment. Your tour will indicate routes round the Library and the location of toilet and hand washing facilities.

Wash your hands before entering Special Collections. The use of hand sanitiser before consultation is not permitted as the chemical residues cause lasting damage to books and manuscripts. 

The Reading Room image of reading room

Your desk is on the far right-hand side of the Reading Room as you enter. It has been sanitised for you.

Place your bags in the locker labelled with the day of your visit.The lockers are on the right-hand side of the Reading Room.

The book supports and weights supplied have been quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before your visit. 

If you intend to consult loose papers, there will be a sheet of paper on your desk to place the papers on.

The materials you ordered are on a trolley or table by your desk. When you have finished with anything, please replace it carefully on the trolley or table. 

Materials for consultation are quarantined for at least 72 hours before and after use.  Please do not touch any material not provided for your use.