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Special Collections and Archives Re-Opens

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room from Monday 30 September, following the extension to shelving and refurbishment over the summer vacation.



The new mobile shelving allows Special Collections and Archives to provide improved and integrated access to resources that will be of particular benefit to users of the History Research Collection, the 19th century journals and newspapers collection, the expanding historical music collections, and the additional humanities rare books collections from the 16th- 19th centuries.



We should note that although the collections were not readily accessible during the summer refurbishment, nearly 100 academic staff, postgraduates and external researchers were still able to visit in that period to consult resources not available to them elsewhere. We were happy to note also that we were able to support two CUROP projects, for the School of English, Communication and Philosophy and the School of European Studies, in this period, and hosted an archives volunteer to assist with work on our journalism and business archives – so it was a productive period in spite of the refurbishment work!



Future developments in Special Collections and Archives will concentrate on improved reader facilities, such as a new seminar room, and a refurbished entrance area; these however should not affect readers when they are undertaken in the new year. We are grateful for the patience of staff and students during this period, and hope you’ll agree the improvements will enhance the University Library’s ability to support current and future research and teaching work across the University.





On that point, please note in your diaries the date for a seminar on grant funding potential related to Special Collections and Archives, to be held in the afternoon of 11 November; this is aimed at assisting colleagues with grant funding opportunities – more details will follow in due course.


Enhancements to Special Collections and Archives, Summer 2013

To continue to accommodate and preserve our growing research collections, a programme of refurbishment work is planned to take place during the summer.

The work involves the installation of new compact mobile shelving in the main research area, located on the lower ground floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library. The new shelving will increase capacity significantly, creating more space for further historical and rare materials.

The work is planned to start from Monday 10th June and will continue until late September.

To make our collections as accessible as possible during this time, the History Research Collection will be moved to the top floor of the Arts and Social Studies Library for open access consultation.

Other works, including the 19th Century Periodicals and Salisbury Library Collection, will be accessible by Special Collections and Archives staff only. By prior appointment, staff will be able to retrieve items from these collections for consultation. Appointments should be made with a minimum of three days’ notice.

Peter Keelan, Head of Special Collections and Archives, said: “These developments will be of great benefit to our students, staff and researchers. The increased space will mean that we will be able to house further collections, enabling our visitors to more easily access and study a wider range of our rare, specialist, unique, and historical sources.”

Further work is also planned to improve the reading areas, and to provide a larger, better-equipped seminar room for classes and events.

If you have any questions or comments about the work, or would like to arrange an appointment to view collections during the refurbishment period, please contact Peter Keelan – email KeelanP@cardiff.ac.uk or telephone 029 2087 5678.