We can support you in using our collections for teaching. Please complete the form below to request and book a session.

We can help to deliver hands-on group sessions with material from our unique collections of archives and rare books.

We can also deliver archivist- and librarian-led training sessions designed to help students and staff understand and locate primary resources for their own teaching and research needs.

COVID-19 Arrangements

We are still supporting teaching with collection sessions.

Before booking a session, please read our updated teaching with collections offer and resources page by clicking here.


Your completed form will be sent to our operations and collections staff. You will be contacted about our room availability for the date and time requested first. Once a room has been allocated, a member of collections staff will contact you to confirm your session. If you are a module convener booking on behalf of other academics who will also be teaching sessions as part of your module, please include their names when completing the form below.


We have several rooms available at Special Collections that can be used for teaching with collections. These vary in capacity from 8 to 22 students and have AV projection facilities. As with our reading room, we do not permit bags, pens, food or drinks in the same room as collections. We have a set of free lockers which can be used to store these items during the session and hangers for coats.


A member of collections staff will set up the room to your requirements and will be present throughout the session to supervise the handling of collections. If your students have not attended a session before, we will provide a standard induction which will include an overview of our collections, how to access the collections and a collections handling demonstration (10 mins). We can also offer a demonstration of searching our collections catalogue which is useful for students who will be using the collections as part of an assignment, as well as an overview of specific collections featured as part of the session. You can request these options in the form below.