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The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of The McClay Library and is open to anyone who wishes to make use of our resources.

Queen's University of Belfast Card HoldersNon 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 Form - 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.

Visitors wishing to consult early printed books or manuscript material should contact us at least one working day in advance of their visit.

Please note the Reading Room is set to a temperature of 19.4 °C. This balances fluctuations in environment between the Reading Room and the Store; the cooler temperature and controlled humidity in both areas protects Special Collections stock. 

Suitable ID - This does not apply to QUB cardholders

  • Visitor ID

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

  • Photo ID

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

  • ID with Addresses

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

  • Unsuitable ID?

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

  • Subsequent Visits

    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.

Special Collections

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