Manuscripts and Special Collections

Visiting the Reading Room

East Midlands Room, showing the stacks holding the East Midlands Collection

The East Midlands Room

Open to all, with reception area and stacks holding the East Midlands Collection. 

The inner Reading Room, with reference books and access to online materials

The Reading Room

Quiet area for consulting materials from the archives, for registered readers.




Facilities and resources

  • Staff to assist with any queries about our holdings and catalogues.
  • Terminals for consulting the Library and Manuscript online catalogues.
  • Microfilm and microfiche readers available for general use.
  • For visitors to The University of Nottingham: access to a wide range of electronic resources via a dedicated walk-in user computer
  • Cafe selling light refreshments nearby.
  • Fully wheelchair accessible area, with adapted toilet facilities nearby.
  • Photocopier for use with East Midlands Collection
  • Typescript catalogues for those collections not yet catalogued online.
  • Lockers to store bags, laptop cases and coats whilst using the Reading Room




Readers are most welcome to visit the Reading Room, whether members of the University, or external visitors. If you intend to consult manuscripts and special collections, we strongly urge you to contact us in advance, to let us know the subject of your research, and to make an appointment to view the material, which can then be made ready for you. 

On your first visit you will be asked to register as a reader. Please see our 'Regulations and Registration' page for more information.

Appointments are not necessary for use of the East Midlands Collection.


Availability of items

For various reasons, access to some material may be restricted.  Every effort will be made to give readers advance warning of such problems, to avoid the disappointment of unnecessary journeys.  


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Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651