Care of the collections

Items that you consult in the Special Collections Reading Room are precious, and need to be treated with care.

Before you enter the reading room:

You must leave the following items in a locker in the cloakroom beside Readers' Registration:

  • Outdoor coats and jackets
  • Wet outer garments and umbrellas
  • Bags larger than 29cm x 21cm (A4)
  • Any items of food or drink.

Lockers take a £1 coin. Staff at the café till will give you change if you need it.

In the reading room:

  • You can only use pencil to write with, for the protection of collection items
  • You can buy pencils in the Library shop on the ground floor
  • Please be careful not to write on, lean on, mark or place working papers on top of any Library material
  • You should ensure that your hands are clean before handling Library materials
  • Wherever practicable, you should read material on the book supports provided. We can give you weighted beads to hold volumes open
  • Please follow lines of text using the slips of paper provided
  • If you are using photographic or painted materials, you must wear the cotton gloves provided
  • Please report any defect, damage or unopened pages to the invigilator.


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