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Frequently asked questions

Can anyone access our archives and special collections?

We welcome all researchers, but ask you make an appointment to visit. Appointments need to be made at least 24 hours in advance and within our opening times. Find out more.

How do I search the collections?

You can access our Archives Catalogue online to search for documents and other original material. Books and recordings can be searched on the library catalogue, iCat. To search photographs from our collections visit our Digital Collections online site.

Can I borrow items?

No, all items in the archives are reference only and can only be viewed in the archive.

Can I take notes from items in the archive?

Yes, you are welcome to take notes either in pencil or on an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet (charging points are available). Pens are not permitted in the Archive.

Are there items I cannot take into the archive?

As well as pens, we ask that no food or drink is taken into the archive. You are welcome to bring in bags but they will need to be placed into one of the lockers provided. 

Do the items in the archive require specialist handling?

Many items in the archive are very old or unique. In order to preserve them for future generations they need to be handled with care.  This includes not leaning on items, not folding or tearing pages, keeping documents in order and not bending back the spines on our books. A member of staff will be on hand to advise on handling and to answer any questions you may have.

Can I photocopy items in the archive?

This depends on the item you wish to copy. We reserve the right to refuse permission where copying would damage the item or breach copyright law. Where copying is allowed it will be done for you by a member of staff, and there will be a fee to pay. If an item cannot be copied it may be able to be photographed; all requests for photographs must be referred to a member of staff.

Does the archive hold events such as exhibitions?

Yes we regularly hold events and details of these will be posted on our blog.

How do I make an enquiry about the archive?

Please do contact us with any questions you may have:

  • Archives and Special Collections
    Library and Learning Services
    Kingston University
    Penrhyn Road campus
    Kingston upon Thames
    Surrey
    KT1 2EE

    Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7054
    Email: archives@kingston.ac.uk

Contact us

Archives and Special Collections
Library and Learning Services
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Contact us

Archives and Special Collections
Library and Learning Services
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Contact us

Archives and Special Collections
Library and Learning Services
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Library and Learning Services
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