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Opening hours

Special Collections is open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday during term-time and by appointment only during vacation periods.

Rules and regulations

If you wish to use the Reading Room, whether to consult the special collections or just to use as a quiet study space you will be required to sign-in and follow the Reading Room rules and regulations. They are important in safeguarding the collections and in preserving them for future generations.

Photocopying and digital photography

Self-service photocopying is permitted on material that may be borrowed as long as UK copyright law is adhered to. Photocopying of other reference-only material in the closed access vault is permitted at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian. Please be aware that the physical condition or size of an item may prohibit any photocopying.

Early printed books and manuscripts are not permitted to be photocopied; however, they may be photographed (without the use of flash) when used for personal research and study only. This is at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian so please ask in advance. We allow students and visitors to bring their own digital cameras or smartphones but you will be required to record details of what you photograph and how many you take. This is to monitor use of the collections and to gather statistical evidence for potential future digitisation projects. You will also be required to sign a declaration form stating that you have understood the following restrictions that apply:

  • Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003. The restrictions related to special collections and archives are governed by this government legislation.
  • Collection Care. Photography prevents potential damage as no contact is made, however, it is essential that the books are properly supported. Assistance in using book supports and snake weights will be given.
  • Data Protection Act 2018. Access to archive records containing personal data is restricted under the Data Protection Act 2018, taking effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

There is no charge for personal digital photography.

Image Licensing and Reproduction

To reproduce an image for publication, either for personal or commercial purposes, requires written consent from the rights holder. You will be required to complete a Reproduction & Licensing Request form with details of the requested image and publication details. There may be a charge imposed. For further information please email specialcollections@hope.ac.uk

Useful Information

Not sure where to find a book in Special Collections? Check on the Map of special collections in the library.