Access to special collections
The Whipple Library special collections are maintained for the benefit of all with a genuine research interest in the material, from undergraduates upwards.
Please refer to the Library's Access and Registration pages to find out more about our Admissions policy.
If you wish to consult items from our special collections and have not used the Library before you are strongly encouraged to contact us in advance with details of your request. On your first visit, please bring some photo ID and proof of a permanent address, and we will ask you to sign a Visitor Form (if you are not already a registered reader).
Appointments are not essential, but it is helpful if you can contact us in advance with details of the date of your visit and the material you would like to consult, so we can prepare it for you.
All our rare book and special collection material is catalogued via iDiscover and Newton, and is designated by the classmark prefix STORE. It will save you time to look up the classmarks of the items you'd like to consult in advance of your visit, but terminals are available in the Library if this is not possible. Please fill in a printed Store request slip for the items you would like to consult when you arrive. Store requests can also be made in advance by registered readers via our Online Store Request Form.
Our special collections are kept separately from the main Library, and can normally be fetched on request, subject to staff availability, but please note that immediate fetching cannot be guaranteed.
During Full Term special collection material is available to consult between 9.15am and 5.15pm only.
For further information on handling rare printed books and special collections material, please consult our