Our services

Pre-booked onsite access to archive collections has resumed.
Designated Covid Secure Area
In line with Government guidance, you should only enter the Library building if you have had a negative Covid test within the previous four days. You can order coronavirus test kits via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

To book an appointment, please contact Special Collections Administrator: Helen Burton - h.burton@keele.ac.uk
Special Collections and Archives will be closed 2nd-6th August, 30th August - 3rd September, 13th -17th September 2021.

Re-opening the Archives Searchroom - Searchroom opening hours 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. By prior appointment only.

Appointment requests - At least one week’s notice is required as the Archives Administrator continues to work mostly from home. To maintain a safe environment, we are permitting no more than two visitors at a time.

Document requests - Items requested a week in advance may be consulted. Requests should be emailed to the Administrator h.burton@keele.ac.uk

Archives registration form - Please complete the Archives registration form.

Accessing the Campus Library - On entering the Library visitors are greeted at the time of appointment and escorted to the Archives. Browsing is not permitted, and a face covering must be worn.

Facilities - Hand sanitiser is provided. There is access to Library toilets and the refreshments area.

Local Collection - Browsing of the shelves, by prior appointment, is now permitted. Items may also be requested in advance. Please email the Administrator h.burton@keele.ac.uk

Enquiries - An email enquiry service remains available, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Special Collections and Archives searchroom

We welcome enquiries and are happy to undertake a limited amount of research on your behalf, free of charge, without you having to visit in person.

Email: h.burton@keele.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1782 733237

Write to: Helen Burton
Special Collections and Archives Administrator
The Library
Keele University

We offer a comprehensive copying service. Copies can be ordered remotely, or as part of a visit to the Archives, and can be supplied by email, through the post or collected in person.

The purchase of imagery does not carry any rights to publish or reproduce. Before reproducing material in any way, please contact us. Reproduction and publication fees are available upon request.

Please note that a minimum charge of £10.00 applies to remote requests. Prices are inclusive of VAT and all customers must complete an application form.


We provide photocopies subject to the condition and dimensions of the original material, and subject to UK copyright legislation.

Published, non-archive material

  • A4/A3 black and white - 50p
  • A4/A3 colour - £1.00

Archive material

  • A4/A3 black and white - £1.00
  • A4/A3 colour - £1.50
Digital images

We carry out digital photography and scanning from a wide range of original materials. Large or difficult jobs will be quoted for separately. Our standard prices for copying from documents, supplied as a digital file by email, are:

  • Price of first image - £3.00
  • Price of successive images if from the same item - £1.50
  • High resolution digital images from our photographic collections - £10.00 each

You may take your own flash-free photography from our manuscript collections, free of charge, but subject to the following conditions:

  • The photography must not cause undue risk to documents
  • Readers must sign a copyright declaration form recording each document copied
  • Permission must be sought from copyright holders before reproducing images – please ask staff for advice
  • A reproduction/publication fee will be charged in return for granting permission to reproduce or publish images belonging to the Archives