Guidelines for the consultation of items in the Library's special collections

The below guidelines are available for users in the special collections consultation area:

  • Items should be handled with clean dry hands
  • Photocopying of items must comply with UK Copyright legislation
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted when consulting special collections material
  • Do not place items on the floor
  • Do not lean, rest or write on top of collection items
  • Do not use pens or highlighters to write on or mark items
  • Use pencils for note taking or use a computer
  • Do not touch the text or image on the page
  • Do not fold over the corners of pages
  • Do not inset bookmarks or attach notes (e.g. post-it notes) to collection items
  • Use acid-free paper slips to mark pages and follow text
  • No flash photography please

When making copies, we suggest that you copy no more than 5% or one chapter from a book and one article from a journal issue.