Manuscripts and Special Collections

Visiting the Reading Room




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From Tuesday 13th April we will be reopening to all visitors in line with Government guidance.

Opening hours

The Reading Room is open Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm. To comply with social distancing measures we are restricting the number of visitors and access to the Reading Room is by appointment-only. Please give us as much notice of your visit in advance as possible, but at least a minimum of two working days.

Material should be ordered in advance where possible. Material ordered before 12noon will be brought to the Reading Room at 1.30pm. 

To make an an appointment, please email 

For more information about the new guidance for visitors, please see our blog post:

Facilities and resources

  • Staff to assist with any queries about our holdings and catalogues.
  • Dedicated computers for Library and Manuscript online catalogues, and for digitised material.
  • Microfilm and microfiche reader available for general use.
  • For visitors to The University of Nottingham: access to a wide range of electronic resources who register for the walk-in user service.
  • Wifi access via eduroam or for visitors who register for a temporary account.
  • Lockers to store bags, laptop cases and coats whilst using the Reading Room.
  • Fully wheelchair accessible area, with adapted toilet facilities nearby.


Anyone is welcome to visit the Reading Room. If you wish to consult the archives or rare books, 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.


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.  


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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