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Special Collections & Archives at The McClay Library is open to anyone who wishes to make use of our resources.

Queen's University of Belfast Card Holders Non Queen's University of Belfast Card Holders
QUB card holders do not need to undergo a registration process but must present their card at the SC&A Enquiry Desk. If you do not hold a QUB card, you must email a completed Visitor Registration Form to us before your first visit. When you arrive you must produce suitable ID (see below) and we will ask you to complete another short registration form.

Suitable ID

This does not apply to QUB cardholders.

Visitors should produce photographic ID & evidence of their address (if not in the photo ID) at the Special Collections & Archives Enquiry Desk. 

Acceptable forms of photo ID include other University/College ID cards, travel cards, passports, UK driving licences.

Acceptable forms of official ID with addresses include recent utility bills, bank statements & official correspondence from Universities/Colleges.

Visitors without suitable ID will not be allowed access to Special Collections & Archives.

On subsequent visits you must bring photo ID or an official document/ letter with the name and address given on your registration form from your first visit. Visitors without suitable ID will not be allowed access to Special Collections & Archives.

Visitors wishing to consult early printed books or manuscript material should contact us in advance of their visit.

Current opening hours are available on our Special Collections & Archives LibGuide.

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