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The Academic Year 2021-22

Archives & Special Collections is open to Liverpool Hope staff and students, and external researchers, strictly by appointment only. To make an appointment email Special Collections Librarian, Karen Backhouse or specialcollections@hope.ac.uk.

For academics planning teaching sessions using archives and special collections please refer to the content Learning and Teaching.

Open Online

Access to the collections is available online. Email specialcollections@hope.ac.uk with your research queries and our Special Collections Librarian will endeavour to fulfil your research needs virtually, and where possible, provide digital scans. We will work for up to one hour on requests for digital scans.


Please note: These guidelines are subject to change depending on government advice on preventing the spread of Covid-19. During busy periods and periods of restriction, priority will be given to Liverpool Hope staff and students. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

To make an appointment to visit the Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) Reading Room, please give a brief description of the research being undertaken, a favourable date(s) most convenient for a visit, and an estimate of the time allocated for each visit, i.e. number of hours, half a day, or several concurrent days. 

Please also indicate the name of the archive, the box number, or the reference/call number of the item(s) you wish to view, if known. This information is available from the Library catalogue, OneSearch, or indicated on the corresponding finding aid, available to download.

You may be asked to bring to the appointment one or both of the following:

  • a photographic form of ID e.g. a passport, student ID
  • a letter of recommendation from the university you attend or the organisation you are employed by

The Special Collections Librarian will advise you on what you need to bring, how to find us, and what to do when you arrive on campus. A&SC is located in The Sheppard-Worlock Library at the Hope Park campus in Childwall.

Contact details

For students and staff wishing to use the collections for their personal research, email Special Collections Librarian, Karen Backhouse, or specialcollections@hope.ac.uk to make an appointment.

Postal address:

Archives & Special Collections
The Sheppard-Worlock Library
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
L16 9JD

You can also contact us via social media:

Twitter @Hope_Library

Instagram HopeSpecialCollections

Wordpress blog www.liverpoolhopelibraryblog.wordpress.com 

Useful Information

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