Opening hours and admission

Opening hours and admission

Service alerts

Occasionally opening hours can change at short notice.

Planned closures:

  • Wednesday 7th February: open 11am to 5pm (closed earlier for staff training)
  • Friday 16th February: open 10.30am to 5pm (closed earlier for staff training)
  • Monday 26th February: closed all day for a class
  • Monday 19th March: open 9.30am to 2pm (then closed for a class)
  • Friday 23rd March: open 10.30am to 5pm (closed earlier for staff training)


Visiting Archive Services

Admission is free to all: every member of the University, visiting researchers and members of the public are welcome to use the collections. New visitors are recommended to download our information for readers (3 pages, 96kbB) guide ‌‎which gives advice on what you need to bring and record handling. Download a special version of the campus map (1 page, pdf, 155kb) specifically indicating the location of the Archive Services buildings.

Appointments are strongly advised, and are essential for using the ground–level searchroom.

Order slip collection times are currently 9.45am, 10.15am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4pm.

If you make an appointment, we may be able to have items ready for you when you arrive.

Documents must be returned at least 15 mins before closing time.

Opening times

Monday: 0930 - 1700
Tuesday: 0930 - 1700
Wednesday: 0930 - 1700
Thursday: 0930 - 1700
Friday: 0930 - 1700


We operate two searchrooms.  Our main searchroom is on the 2nd floor of our building at 13 Thurso Street, up 4 flights of stairs (43 steps). There is level access throughout the 2nd floor, and 2 toilets off the lounge. We also operate a ground-level search room in our Dumbarton Road building, with 2 toilets and a disabled toilet facility close to the searchroom.

Further information about accessing our buildings is available in our accessibility section.

While our searchroom service is provided free of charge, the University is grateful for donations to help maintain and preserve the collections. Donations can be made in cash or by cheque in the searchroom, or you can use our secure online donation form.