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.
Archives are unique and irreplaceable. By following these simple good handling guidelines you will help us to look after them.
We will be happy to help if you require any advice or assistance, for example opening, separating or weighting out documents, turning a fragile page, or returning archives to their packaging.
Everybody who uses the archives is responsible for their care. These guidelines outline some of the ways that we can all help to protect and preserve them better.
Please note that the public areas of the Borthwick are fully monitored by CCTV. Recordings are kept for security purposes.
We recommend that you read our Searchroom Handling Guidelines before you visit us.
If you are ever unsure about anything, please ask our staff for advice – we are always happy to help.
When you visit the Borthwick you may be able to create copies of microfilmed or original documents, depending on your requirements.
If you are unable to visit us, or you would like us to reproduce documents on your behalf, please see:
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer a microfilm print facility. If you have purchased a Cartadis print card from us and would like a refund on existing credit please ask a member of the searchroom team who will be able to assist you.
Our microform room currently has three digital microfilm readers.
Users can access microfilms via standalone PCs and specialist software which offer the ability to enhance images of our microfilmed records. Searchroom staff can offer full training for operating the machine and capturing images from microfilm when available.
Check before you visit
Please note that our digital microfilm readers are available on a first come, first served basis and have limited availability. You can book a space in our microform room by contacting us beforehand.
In order to capture scans from microfilm you will need to bring along a USB Memory stick. Images are supplied for private research purposes only and there is no charge to capture images from microfilm.
Unfortunately, we no longer offer a microfilm print facility at present. We are working to establish an enhanced print solution in the near future. Print copies of entries are obtainable via our reprographics service.
Borthwick staff are on hand to help during the published searchroom opening times.
We recommend visiting us for the first time during searchroom opening hours so the staff can help you to become familiar with the Borthwick and its facilities.
You can use your camera in the general searchroom to create reference copies of the records you have consulted during your visit. To do so you must agree to our guidelines and purchase a daily or weekly permit from a member of staff.
Please note that this service is only available for certain items and requirements.
Bulk orders or particularly large items (such as whole tithe maps) follow special arrangements - please speak to a member of staff to discuss the options available.
Daily permits cost £10 and a weekly permit £30. Both allow unlimited photographs to be taken.
For details of this service please see the following leaflets:
Photography is permitted in the microform room free of charge and no permit is required. Please speak to a member of staff on the reception desk for more information.
Please note that, for the safety of the archives, no food or drink is permitted in the Borthwick's searchrooms.
You are welcome to use the Morrell Lounge on the ground floor near the main Library entrance to eat and drink and use your phone.
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Wifi connectivity is available in our reception, the searchroom, the microform room and exhibition space. Visitors can connect to two networks on campus: