Who can access SCA?
Special Collections and Archives is open to all bona-fide researchers by prior appointment.
If you are a University of Liverpool academic or student, please also see our Support for Teaching and Research webpage. This webpage includes information on booking the SC&A Wolfson Teaching Room for teaching sessions.
How to book an appointment slot
To visit the SCA service, you must make an appointment and confirm the material you wish to consult in advance.
Request to use the SC&A Reading Room
Appointments must be requested by 4pm at least 3 working days in advance of the intended appointment date. However, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to secure your chosen appointment slot(s).
In order to ensure that all waiting readers have fair opportunity to access the SCA service, currently four slots per week (Tuesday-Friday) may be booked per person. Please check the booking request form provided for availability; SCA staff will be happy to advise further on availability at firstname.lastname@example.org. We plan to adjust the weekly booking limit in response to demand.
Appointments are available in two hour slots and there are two seats available in the Reading Room. Each appointment slot allows access between either 10:30am-12:30pm; 11am-1pm; 2pm-4pm; or 2:30-4:30pm. The service is open Tuesday to Friday. The SCA service is closed between 1pm-2pm to allow for the sanitising of common touch points (such as door handles) and staff breaks.
If you have been advised that the material you wish to consult is available on microfilm/microfiche, the microfilm reader is available in two hour slots and each appointment slot allows access between 10:45am-12:45pm or 2:15pm-4:15pm, Tuesday to Friday.
If you are interested in viewing microfilm or microfiche material from the Sydney Jones Library holdings, please contact email@example.com prior to submitting a booking request, in order to ensure that the material may be delivered to Special Collections and Archives.
The entry/exit times are staggered to allow for effective social distancing to take place in the department. As such, please arrive promptly for the start time provided for your appointment slot.
One person may attend each appointment slot. Appointment slots for multiple persons are unavailable at present.
How to request material
When requesting your appointment slot(s) via the booking form provided, please also provide the reference numbers, titles, dates and any further applicable information (such as issue no. or volume) of the material you wish to consult.
This information may be located via the online catalogues. The Library catalogue contains records for all printed material, and there are online finding aids for archives and manuscripts. More information on searching the catalogues effectively is provided on the Support for Teaching and Research webpage.
We require this information with advance notice as we operate a closed access service, whereby material is retrieved from the stores prior to your visit. No further retrievals are conducted during your appointment visit.
We can facilitate the viewing of up to approximately three archival boxes of material or six bound volumes per appointment slot. This is dependent upon the size and condition of the specific material requested for your appointment. SCA staff will be happy to advise in advance of your appointment if your request has reached/exceeded the limit. This limit is in place to ensure that all material may be quarantined for 72 hours before being safely returned to the stores.
Large format material (such as plans and oversized material) may be unavailable to consult in the Reading Room at present. SCA staff will be happy to advise further.
If you require any assistance in locating the reference numbers of the material you wish to consult, please do not hesitate to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).