The archive and library at Special Collections is accessible to a wide range of visitors and we always strive to meet the access needs of everyone who visits us. If you have a specific need which you would like to ask us about, please contact us.

Advice about preparing for a visit to the archive and library, including special arrangements in response to COVID-19, can be found here. Please note that booking is now essential.


We also make our collections accessible online in lots of ways; see our digital access guide. In addition, our professional team can provide high quality copies of items from our collections, whether for research, publication or just personal interest. See here for more details.

People with impairments

  • Disabled access throughout the building, including a step free entrance with automatic door and wheelchair lifts for all stairs
  • Disabled visitor parking
  • Fully accessible toilets
  • Assistance dogs welcome


We encourage visitors to travel by foot, bike and public transport wherever possible.

  • Car Park (limited spaces)
  • Secure bike rack

Facilities and general

  • Baby changing
  • A small cafe serving sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks (limited capacity due to social distancing arrangements)
  • High chairs for cafe
  • Garden with picnic benches
  • The Nook, a quiet space for reading and relaxing (limited capacity due to social distancing arrangements)
  • Lockers (special arrangements are in place due to COVID-19; we will assign you a numbered locker before your visit.)

Information on accessibility and the facilities of The Museum of English Rural Life can be found here.