'Improvement works to start in November
We are pleased to report that UKRI and AHRC funding received for the Unlocking SOAS Collections Project is now being implemented to improve the Library’s environment systems for its archives, manuscripts and rare books stores.
This work is part of our ongoing commitment to safeguard the collections in our care for now and the future. We will be conducting urgent, essential maintenance work and replacing end-of-life equipment.
Refurbishment work will begin from 1 November 2021 until May 2022 on Level F. While SOAS Special Collections will be closed during this period, the some of our collections via our digital library.
While we regret this temporary closure and the inconvenience it will cause, once the works are completed we will greatly improve our ability to maintain the environmental conditions in the stores and reduce our energy consumption, in line with current standards.
As the refurbishment project progresses, we will provide updates via the Special Collections website.
Should you have any questions about the work taking place, please contact email@example.com
Access to Special Collections
Service update: The Special Collections Reading Room is now open. Access will be provided in the Main Reading Room, Library Level D.
To allow for social distancing, the number of people using the Reading Room will be temporarily restricted, and places must be booked in advance. Users must also preorder all material they wish to consult during their visit.
We have made some changes to our Special Collections Reading Room opening hours and procedures in light of Covid-19, so even if you’ve visited us before, please read our guidance explaining what you can expect from your visit.