Following the latest COVID-19 guidance issued by the Scottish Government on 5 January 2021 our archives reading room is currently closed to researchers. Our archives team will have limited access to our collections during this period and are operating under new procedures in line with COVID-19 guidance produced by the university for returning to campus working.
Full details are available at: https://collections.stir.ac.uk/covid-19-reopening-archives-special-collections/
We hold the historical collections of the university which cover a wide range of subjects including film, literature, politics, medicine and sport. This material can be consulted in the archives reading room which is located in room S10 of the lower library corridor.
Opening hours: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
We are currently planning for the reopening of the service with the necessary social distancing measures in place (July 2020). For further information please email email@example.com
The reading room is a space reserved for researchers wishing to consult our archives & special collections. As these collections comprise valuable, unique, fragile and irreplaceable items special rules and regulations are in place to ensure the preservation and security of our collections. If you plan to use the reading room please note that:
Please note that additional measures will be in place when the reading room re-opens to ensure safety and well-being of staff and visitors:
If you are planning to use the archives reading room please note that appointments should be made 72 hours in advance of your visit by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that material may be temporarily unavailable due to quarantining of items following use.
If you are visiting the university for the first time details of how to get to the campus can be found here.
There is no charge for short visits, but if supervised access is required over an extended period, we may at our discretion require a contribution to our costs, up to the full employment cost.
Reproduction for private academic use and non-commercial publications
The use of digital cameras by researchers is permitted. There is no charge for personal copying however we encourage users to make a contribution to our current Scottish Political Archive crowdfunding project - details at:
Archives staff can also provide copies of material on request. The standard charges are as follows:
Reproduction for commercial use
In all cases, an acknowledgement of the source and a copy of the publication for our archives is a minimum requirement.
Documents relating to use of the archives reading room and Archives and Special Collections policies.