Information Services

Visitor Information

Information about accessing and ordering special collections material at New College Library.

Registration & Access

In order to access the collections, non-University of Edinburgh visitors need to register for library membership. For information on membership options, please see the Joining the Library webpages.

When you visit New College Library special collections, you will be asked to complete a secondary registration form before using the Funk Reading Room.

Ordering Material

Items are requested in the Library by completing printed slips which are available in the catalogue area. They can also be requested in advance by telephone, e-mail or letter. Special collections items are collected for users once each day. Requests received before 11am, Monday-Friday will be fetched the same day and those received after 11am will be available the following weekday. We are able to collect a maximum of 5 items per day per reader.

Users from outside the University are strongly advised to contact New College Library in advance of their visit to discuss their needs, and to ensure that the relevant material can be made available.

Self-service Photography

If you would like to take photographs of collection items during your visit, please speak to a member of staff who will provide you with the relevant documentation.

Please note, some material may not be photographed:

  • Items covered by the Data Protection Act
reading room regulations

Handling Collections Items

If you are unsure how to handle an item, please ask a member of staff for help. Users are encouraged to watch our handling video before a visit: