Visiting us

You're very welcome to come and visit the Borthwick Institute for Archives to carry out your research.

We're based in the University of York Library, on the Heslington West campus.

To get the most out of your visit, please read the information below before you arrive.

We also offer services for people who are unable to visit, but who want to make use of our resources:

The archive searchrooms are open Monday to Friday, 9.15am - 4.45pm.

The microform room is open seven days a week, 8.00am to 10.00pm.

When you visit the Borthwick, please ask staff at the Library reception desk for a day pass that you can use for entrance/exit through the turnstiles.

If you would like to use the Borthwick on a more long-term basis (eg more than a month), please ask for a long-term access card at the Library Help Desk.

Please see Before you visit for more information, and please check our News page for details of planned closures.

Before you visit

Find out what you need to know before you visit us, including our opening times, document retrieval times, what to bring and how to reach us.

During your visit

Find out what to expect while you're visiting the Borthwick, our searchroom regulations, how to handle the archives, how to make copies of the documents, and information about refreshments and accessibility.