Handling material Useful information University Library • All books, manuscripts, and other materials Online library catalogue: must be handled with special care. Books http://www.le.ac.uk/library/ should never be placed face down, and readers Special Collections material is identified in the online should never lean on books or other cataloguewith the prefix SC. documents. Special Collections webpage: A Guide to using the • Printed books and bound items must be used (http://www.le.ac.uk/li/sources/subject1/specol/index.html) on the cushions provided. Handlist of the Manuscript Collection: University • Any special handling conditions requested by http://www.le.ac.uk/li/manuscriptcollection/index.html. library staff must be observed. Other special finding lists are also available. Special Collections Librarian: Library’s • Only pencils may be used for note taking. • The order of loose material supplied in boxes must be preserved. Email email@example.com Telephone 0116 252 5156. Special Reproduction and copyright Please contact us if you require any assistance in identifying Special Collections material. Collections • Readers must not make photocopies from any item. If copies are required, please consult the staff. • The physical condition of an item, or copyright law, may prohibit any copying. • If photographic images are required these can be ordered, subject to copyright and the condition of the material. Ask the staff for details. University of Leicester Library PO Box 248 University Road Leicester LE1 9QD General Enquiries: 0116 252 2043 Fax: 0116 252 2066 Web: http://www.le.ac.uk/li/ LF331 on the Ground Floor of the Main Library. There Reading Room The Special Collections is further information about Special Collections on the dedicated webpage When you come to consult the material, you will Definition (http://www.le.ac.uk/li/sources/subject1/specol/index.html) be required to use it in the Reading Room. These In addition there is a Handlist of the Manuscript are the special conditions of use within this The term Special Collections is used to refer to Collection which is available in printed form and Room:- material that is either valuable because of its rare also on the web at or unique nature or is vulnerable because of its http://www.le.ac.uk/li/manuscriptcollection/index.html. • The Library may decline to allow consultation physical condition. It therefore includes our Other special finding lists are also available. of any item because of its physical condition. collection of manuscripts, incunabula, early Please contact us if you require any assistance in We will notify you in advance if this is the case. printed books and some archive material. Users identifying Special Collections material. • Coats or outer garments must be left outside may consult these items, but they must be read in the room. A secure cupboard is available. the Reading Room under supervised conditions Requesting material and are not available for loan. There are also • All bags, briefcases and hold-alls must be restrictions on what may be copied. This is to Please note that we are unable to offer an on- deposited in the lockers in the outer office ensure that these items are preserved for the use demand service for Special Collections items and area. You should keep any valuables with you at of future generations of scholars and researchers. therefore must have advance notice of your all times. requirements. • No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed. Access to the collections Any foodstuffs or drinks must be deposited in Library members the outer office area. All registered library users may use the Special Collections on production of a valid user card. Once you have identified the item you require on the online catalogue, you must use the “Holds” • Please observe silence in the Reading Room. Visiting researchers and readers are also welcome to consult the collections. Day tickets are issued to facility to place a request. Staff in Special • Items fetched from the Special Collections such users on production of valid identification. Collections are then notified via the system of store must not be removed from the Reading There is no charge for admission. your request. They will check that the item is Room. available and the system will then send you an acknowledgement of your request. You will be • Once items have been fetched they are the Opening hours asked to confirm the time that you intend to responsibility of the reader. They must not be consult the item, which will be held for you for up left unattended at any time. If vacating the The Special Collections Reading Room is located to 7 days. The hold will be removed from the on the Lower Ground Floor of the Main Library Reading Room for short periods the item(s) system if it is not collected in that time period. must be left with a member of staff from the and is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to For items that are not currently on the catalogue Friday. Readers making a special or lengthy Special Collections Service. (such as the Manuscripts or the Fairclough journey must order material well in advance so collection), you will need to complete a form to • All items must be returned to the staff by 4.45 that it can be made available and staff are on request them. pm at the latest. hand to assist. • Items that are required again will External visitors be kept securely until the reader Locating material Requests can be made either by post to the next requires them. Readers Special Collections material is identified in the Special Collections Librarian, email to should make it clear to staff online catalogue (http://www.le.ac.uk/library/) with firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to that material will be needed the prefix SC. Some items may be housed in our 0116 252 5156. Readers making a special or again. external store and these may take up to 24 hours lengthy journey must order material well in to be retrieved for you. There are still some items advance so that it can be made available and staff that remain in the card catalogue which is housed are on hand to assist.