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Request an Item

Request an Item

How to find, request and consult items in our collections.

Please note that in person consultation is suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently providing the following services:

  • Virtual Reading Room service - book an appointment to view Special Collections material remotely, wherever you are based.
  • In-Person Reading Room Service where you can book an appointment to view Special Collections material in our Reading Room. Please note, this service is available to University students and staff only.
  • Digitisation service - order digital copies of our rare book and archive holdings, wherever possible.
  • Have a question? - if you have a question relating to any of our collections, please email


Step One: find an archive collection item or a rare book

Step Two: decide how you would like to consult material

  • There are two ways in which you can view material:
    • Visit us in person

      Suitable for staff and students at Newcastle University only at this time. You can request an appointment to consult the original item in our on-site reading room.
    • Virtual reading room service

      Suitable for all researchers, whether members of Newcastle University or external researchers. You can book a digital appointment to view material remotely wherever you are based.

Step Three: order your item

  • remember to note the reference number and title of the item (s) you would like to view
  • once you have decided how you would like to view material and what you would like to view, please complete and submit a request form.
  • Find out more information on how to request an item and what happens after you have submitted your request, by clicking the box below: