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Special Collections Reading Room Rules and Regulations

  • The Reading Room is only for readers using material held by Special Collections, SOAS Library
  • Readers must have a valid full Reader’s Ticket issued in their own name in order to access archives, manuscripts, theses and rare books
  • Bags and outdoor coats should be left in the lockers outside the Reading Room
  • No food or drink (including bottled water) is allowed in the Reading Room
  • Pencils or laptops only are to be used for making notes
  • Mobile phones are to be placed on silent mode or switched off and no calls are to be taken or received
  • Readers should work quietly and be considerate to others using the Reading Room
  • Items issued to one reader should not be passed on to another
  • Archive staff have the final say on whether a book or document is fit for production or copying
  • Readers should not mark books or material from the archives in any way
  • Readers should take care when handling books and archive material and should comply with the advice given by members of staff
  • No items or books are to be removed from the reading room
  • Staff reserve the right to open and inspect your personal possessions upon request, including pads of paper and laptops
  • Damage or theft of material held by Archives and Special Collections is an offence and those responsible will be prosecuted
  • Readers must seek permission from a member of staff before taking photographs
  • Reprographic regulations should be complied with. Please ask for an information sheet at the Supervisor’s Desk
  • No scanners, pen scanners or copying devices should be used in the reading room
  • Readers are obliged to comply with the relevant legislation on copyright and data protection when using information from the archives
  • Readers must return the material they are consulting to the Supervisor’s Desk before leaving the Library

Anyone who fails to comply with the Reading Room Rules will be denied access to Special Collections, SOAS Library