Access & opening hours
Visiting Special Collections
Admission to Special Collections is free to all: visiting researchers as well as every member of the University are welcome to use the collections.
It is not necessary to make an appointment although to help make the most of your visit, it is best to get in touch in advance as it is not always possible for us to be able to respond to in-depth enquiries immediately. We are happy to arrange appointments with an appropriate member of staff who will be able to advise you on our holdings. Visiting readers should obtain a temporary Visitor Ticket at the Library Membership Desk, which is situated at the entrance of the library. You will need to fill out a short form and show some photographic ID.
Special Collections is situated on Level 12, reached by taking the lifts opposite the lending services desk on Level 2 (entry level).
Most categories of books will be fetched for readers within fifteen minutes of their placing a request, although occasionally short staffing regrettably results in fetching being reduced to an hourly basis only.
Please note that items from certain collections take longer to fetch, while photographic material and some oversize books require 24 hours notice before they can be fetched out. Such exceptions are noted on the collection descriptions or, in the case of individual large items, on the catalogue records.
Some items are restricted for preservation reasons and access will not be granted without prior permission from the Special Collections Senior Librarian (if an item is restricted, this will be indicated on the catalogue record).
Please contact the Reading Room (email email@example.com or tel: 0141 330 6767) for any queries regarding availability of collections, or to order material in advance. See the Reading Room regulations for further guidance.
Occasionally opening hours can change at short notice: any such changes to advertised hours will be posted below:
Please note that Special Collections will be closed on Monday 6th May & Monday 27th May.
Semester Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9.00 - 18.00
Friday: 10.00 - 17.00
Vacation Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9.00 -17.00
Friday: 10.00 - 17.00
See also Main Library opening hours.