COVID-19 Reopening: Archives & Special Collections

Welcome back!

We are currently making preparations to provide access to our archives and special collections in preparation for the new academic year. Our archives team will be on site to answer your enquiries and provide remote access to material though our digitisation-on-demand service. Exciting new online student volunteer projects are also being developed. Our archives reading room will reopen on Monday 3 August. If you require a visit to the archives to consult our collections, please note that the capacity of our reading room has been reduced in line with social distancing measures. Please contact us at / 01786 466070 to plan your visit.

How can we help?

I’m a student interested in volunteering in the University Archives

We are developing a range of volunteering opportunities which can be carried out online including the Scottish Political Archives micropasts project. Please contact us at to find out more.

I have an enquiry about your collections

Our archives team will endeavour to answer your enquiry by researching the collections on your behalf and providing an email response.

I want to view a specific item held in the University Archives

Where possible our archives team will provide you with a digitised copy of the item rather than making the original available to view in the archives reading room

I want to carry out research on material held in your collections

Please contact our archives team at to discuss arrangements for your visit

Visiting the archives reading room

Arrangements for reopening our archives reading room have been made in line with COVID-19 guidance produced by the university for returning to campus working.

In line with social distancing guidelines our archives reading room has been reconfigured to accommodate a maximum of two researchers per day

Visits to the reading room will be by appointment only and appointments should be made 72 hours in advance of your visit by contacting

All requests to view material must be made in advance of your visit. There will be no same-day production of items.

Please note that priority will be given to University of Stirling staff and students

The opening hours of the reading room will be 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm Monday to Friday

Access to the reading room is via a path at the loch end of the Andrew Miller building. Follow the clearly signposted route along S corridor to the archives reading room (room S10).

Please follow the instructions on the signage to ensure safe travel along the corridor

Our normal reading room regulations will continue to be in place during this period

In line with current Scottish Government guidance visitors must wear face masks during their visit.


Please note that during this period external visitors will be required to supply us with contract tracing information in the form of address and telephone number.


Toilets for visitors are available in the university library. Please follow guidance on signage re use of toilets.

Handwashing facilities are available in the toilets and additional hand sanitiser stations are also provided.

Further information on opening of catering facilities on campus will be added when available. The university supermarket is currently open.