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SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

 Coronavirus Information

SCA Reading Room closure (updated 13/01/2021)

Special Collections & Archives will close the Reading Room service from Thursday 14th January. As such, unfortunately we are unable to facilitate appointments at present.

The future reopening of the service is dependant upon national restrictions and University policy. Our reprographics service remains available in the meantime; this is available for up to 100 images per person and is subject to the size and condition of the requested material. Please email us for further information and pricing.

We are currently accessing the collections for enquiry purposes (including digitisation requests and research enquiries). Our staff resource is limited by social distancing requirements and teaching support commitments for University of Liverpool staff and students, therefore our response time to email correspondence is subject to delay and your enquiry may be placed in a pending queue.

We are doing our best to answer enquiries as quickly as possible. In the meantime, a member of the team will be in touch to confirm that your enquiry has been logged.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time.

Teaching Room bookings

Teaching class in Special Collections and Archives

The SC&A Teaching Room is unavailable to book for sessions taking place in the 2020-21 academic year. The teaching room space is too limited to ensure that social distancing measures are safely adhered to. Similarly, in order to adhere with University policy and social distancing measures in the department, the team will be operating at a limited staff presence in the office.

However, we welcome enquiries regarding remote support for teaching in the form of digitised content. Please do contact us at

This policy will be reviewed in line with University policy for the 2021-22 academic year. Please do contact us nearer the time and we would be pleased to provide updated guidance.



Please contact us via email ( with enquiries regarding the collections and staff will be happy to advise further wherever possible. Our staff resource is limited by social distancing requirements, therefore our response time to enquiries is subject to delay and your enquiry may be placed in a pending queue.

The SCA team are doing their best to answer enquiries as quickly as possible, however in the meantime, a member of the team will be in touch to confirm that your enquiry has been logged.



SC&A offers an in-house reprographics service (subject to a fee and available for up to 100 scans). 

To enquire about ordering copies of SC&A material, please contact us and provide the reference number(s) and any other applicable information (title, date, vol.). SC&A staff will retrieve the material from the stores, check the material is suitable to be copied, and provide a cost. This information may used to complete the SC&A copying request form (PDF)

Copying services are available subject to copyright regulations, but please note that the physical condition and size of an item may prohibit any copying.

All photocopying, scanning and photography orders for copies of SC&A materials are carried out by SC&A staff, with the exception of self-service digital photography (permission required). 

All orders will be processed promptly, but readers should expect to wait up to 20 working days for orders to be completed on receipt of payment.



If you wish to use any images from Special Collections & Archives in print or electronic publications, a licence is required, for which there may be a further charge. 

To enquire about publishing images of SC&A material, please complete the SC&A licensing request form (PDF) and return this to us. 

Contact us


Opening Times

Saturday & Sunday - Closed


How to find us

The Special Collections & Archives reception area and reading room is on the ground floor of the Grove Wing, Sydney Jones Library.

The Sydney Jones Library is building 423 on the University campus map.

The physical address is: Sydney Jones Library, Chatham Street, Liverpool, L69 7WZ.

While the postal address is: Special Collections and Archives, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, PO BOX 123, Liverpool, L69 3DA .

For information on directions, public transport and car parking please see Visiting the University webpage.