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Terms & Conditions
for use of archives in the searchrooms.
- Archives are irreplaceable, and special care is needed when using them to ensure their survival. If a member of staff gives you advice about using archives, please follow it carefully. Please use the appropriate book rests and weights provided. Ask for advice if you are not sure - we are always happy to assist.
- Avoid touching the archives as much as possible. If you are having problems turning a page, or if you see any damage, please inform a member of staff at once.
- All bags and coats must be left on hooks or in lockers in the reception. No scissors, blades, adhesives, erases, correction fluids or liquids may be taken into the searchrooms.
- No food or drinks can be taken into the searchrooms. This includes bottled water and sweets of any kind. If you need medicated sweets during your visit you are asked to consume them outside the searchrooms.
- Pencils must be used for making notes. No pens are allowed in the searchrooms. Never lean on a document or book when you are making notes. If you have having trouble following a line, please ask a member of staff for a piece of acid free paper - do not use your finger to follow a line.
- We allow researchers to bring their own camera into the searchroom in line with our self-service photography regulations after purchasing a day or week permit. This does not extend to scanners, photocopiers or any other means of making copies, traditional or digital. For copying requirements outside of self-service photography regulations the Borthwick has a reprographic service.
- Mobile phones are not generally permitted in to the searchrooms, unless used for a camera function in line with our self-service photography regulations.
- Please note that for security reasons the searchrooms, microform room, teaching rooms and exhibition area are all monitored by closed circuit television from two different locations. Recordings are kept for security purposes.