You can arrange to have books or manuscripts placed on reserve in preparation for a visit to the Special Collections Reading Room (SCRR).
Registered readers can preorder printed material using our online catalogue Library Search. You can order manuscripts using our online manuscript order form. We recommend that you preorder this material at least 48 hours before you visit the Library.
If you do not view the material within six working days, it will be returned and you will have to order it again. You can preorder up to six items total. This includes manuscripts and printed material combined.
A small number of our manuscript collections have restricted access. These require at least two days prior notice and, in some cases, permission to view. Restricted material cannot be kept on reserve. For more information about this process, see our section about items with restricted access.
When you arrive, please tell the staff in the Special Collections Reading Room that you have material on reserve.
After consulting material in the Special Collections Reading Room, you may reserve items for up to six further working days.
Please let staff in the SCRR know that you would like items to be kept on reserve when you bring them back to the desk.