Access to our collections
Access to the collections is restricted by staffing timetables. Readers wishing to use the Archives should make contact in advance with either the Theological Federation librarian or the Ridley Archives manager, giving details of their research subject and listing the collections they would like to consult. New readers should also provide two forms of identification, one with a photograph, and one showing their address (such as a passport, driving licence or amenity bill).
Our reading room policy
- No eating or drinking is permitted in the reading room. Smoking is not permitted within Ridley Hall buildings or grounds.
- The number of items issued to a researcher at any one time may be restricted and is at the discretion of the staff.
- Researchers should take care when handling the documents, books and objects and follow the directions of the staff. They should keep items in the order in which they were issued and any damage or accident should be reported at once.
- Documents, books and objects must not be removed from the reading room.
- All note-taking must be done in pencil, never in pen or ballpoint. Tracing from documents is not allowed.
- Laptop computers may be used
- Hand-held photocopiers and scanners are not allowed. Digital cameras may be used by prior arrangement only. No flash photography is allowed.
- Photocopying, when permitted, may only be carried out by College staff. The onus is on the researcher to comply with copyright legislation. Any researcher issued with photocopies for non-commercial private purposes will be asked to sign a form reminding them of the relevant legislation.
- Permission must be obtained from the copyright holder to publish, otherwise distribute or quote from any items in copyright. When quoting from any document the source must always be acknowledged and the reference cited. Researchers are asked to supply the archive with a copy of any publication resulting from work on the collections.