Opening hours and admission

Service alerts

Occasionally opening hours can change at short notice.

Planned alterations:

  • Friday 6th December: spaces available from 12pm
  • Friday 20th December: spaces available 10am-1.30pm
  • Our Thurso St and Dumbarton Rd searchrooms are then closed until 9.30am on Monday 6th January
  • However, you can arrange to see items from our collections on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December in the Level 12 reading room in the Main Library - please send us item references by 5pm GMT on Friday 13th December.
  • Friday 10th January: spaces available 10am-3pm
  • Friday 24th January: spaces available from 12pm

 

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. We suggest that you download our Visitor Pack ‌‎which will help you to prepare for your visit and includes a version of the campus map specifically indicating the locations of our buildings.

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

Order slip collection times are currently 9.45am (Monday-Thursday), 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: 09.30 - 17.00
Tuesday: 09.30 - 17.00
Wednesday: 09.30 - 17.00
Thursday: 09.30 - 17.00
Friday: 10.00 - 17.00

Searchrooms

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 tea-room. We also operate a ground-level search room in our Dumbarton Road building, with 2 toilets and an accessible 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.