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Archives and Special Collections: Access & Services

Guide to resources in Archives and Special Collections at the University of Strathclyde

COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update, Access to Archives and Special Collections 6 July 2020

Our reading room remains closed to the public.

We are currently working on a plan to re-open our services including answering remote enquiries and welcoming visitors. This will happen in a staged way and will work in line with the re-opening of the rest of the University of Strathclyde Library.

To begin with, we will work to ensure it is safe for staff to return to the building to carry out enquiry work and to prepare the reading room, with reference to Scottish Government guidelines, to safely receive researchers.

We aim to start this process in late summer and will keep our website and social media channels up to date with the latest information.

Everything you need to know about visiting, handling materials and making use of our copying services.

Everyone is welcome to visit the reading room and use our resources.

University of Strathclyde staff and students

All staff and students are welcome to visit and use our resources. Drop into the reading room on level 5 of the Andersonian Library during our opening hours. Alternatively please contact us in advance of your visit so that material can be retrieved from store and a place reserved for you in the reading room.

Library members can also request books from Archives and Special Collections via SUPrimo. Simply sign into your library account, search for the book and select request. An email shall be sent to inform you when the book is available to view in the reading room.

All material in Archives and Special Collections is reference only and may only be consulted in the reading room. Please present your student or staff card as proof of identity and familiarise yourself with the reading room regulations.

Visitors

Everyone is welcome to visit and use our resources. Please contact us in advance of your visit, so that material can be retrieved from store, access to the library arranged and a place reserved for you in the reading room.

The reading room is located on Level 5 of the Andersonian Library in the Curran building in Glasgow city centre. The entrance to the library is off Cathedral Street.

We have prepared a visitors' guide which contains all the information you will need for your visit. Please familiarise yourself with the reading room regulations.

Enquiries

If you have an enquiry about our resources and are unable to attend the reading room in person, please contact us by email, telephone or letter. There is no charge for our enquiry service, but we are unable to undertake lengthy research on your behalf. We aim to reply to you within 20 working days.

Please give us as much information as possible, and tell us about any other sources you have already checked.

The Archives and Special Collections reading room

The reading room is located on level 5 of the Andersonian Library in the Curran building. The reading room is a bright and comfortable environment, with laptop places and tables for group or individual research.

Most of our material is unique and irreplaceable. Please familiarise yourself with the reading room regulations before and during your visit. Always use a pencil in the reading room and follow the advice of the reading room supervisor for handling the materials.

Donations

Archives and Special Collections benefits regularly from donations. We greatly appreciate these gifts. Over the years they have significantly augmented our collections.

We are particularly interested in the following items:

  • Photographs
  • Student lecture notes
  • Course handbooks
  • Class yearbooks
  • Student club and society memorabilia
  • Student magazines
  • Records of University staff
  • Collections relating to University teaching or research interests

If you would like to offer material, please submit your details and a description of the material using the Donations Offer Form.

Please refer to our collection policy document for further details of the type of material we collect.

Contact Archives and Special Collections

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Archives and Special Collections
Contact:
Archives and Special Collections
University of Strathclyde
Andersonian Library
Curran Building
101 St James Road
Glasgow G4 0NS
0141 548 2497
Website

Search our collections

For more advice on searching please see our search guide.

Reading room opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 10.00 - 16.50
    (open at 09.00 by appointment only)

Please note: The reading room will be closed on public holidays. It is also sometimes necessary to close the archive at short notice but any forthcoming closures will be announced on our Twitter feed.

Copying services

See our copying services guide for information on requesting copies, taking your own photographs of material and requesting permission to publish material from our collections.

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