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Re-opening of Special Collections Reader Service

June 22, 2011

We are delighted to announce that, following the relocation of the Library’s Department of Special Collections to its temporary home on the North Haugh, we will re-open for personal research with effect from 27 June 2011. Reader space is very limited in our new facilities, and it is therefore important to note that access to the Reading Room will be strictly by appointment only.

To make an appointment, please either email to or telephone Ext. 2339. (The telephone may not always be answered immediately, but the voicemail messages will be checked and responded to regularly.) You should provide us with your preferred date and as much detail as you can of what you wish to consult. We will be open between 9.30 and 4.30 over the vacation period, and staff will discuss with you an appropriate time and duration of visit. Directions to the new facility will be supplied when bookings are made.

All of the collections have been re-located, and some have had to be outstored due to shortage of space in the temporary premises. Fetch times may therefore be more extended than previously, our ability to fetch on demand will be very limited, a small amount of material may be unavailable or may take up to 24 hours to retrieve, and there may also have to be limits on how much material can be consulted at any one time. We therefore ask our readers to bear with us through any teething problems, and will welcome feedback.

We look forward to opening our doors again after a lengthy closure, and would like to thank all our users for their understanding and support.


Norman Reid
Head of Special Collections

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