Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reading Room services

In response to the Covid-19 restrictions now in place across mainland Scotland, important safety changes have been made to our research service. The Reading Room is now closed to researchers, but we continue to support research by our online enquiry service, including Scan & Send. As we have more limited access to collections than in normal circumstances, please allow for a longer turn-around time.




Frequently Asked Questions

What is available online?

  • While access to materials in person is restricted, remember that this website includes online catalogues, information about the collections and digital collections

What is Scan & Send?

  • We are providing a Scan & Send service to provide images of items in the collection for researchers. Images will be provided for research, rather than publication purposes, and large-scale digitisation will not be possible as we focus on supporting numerous requests. We will try to prioritise photography and scanning according to the urgency of need. Please email requests and queries to
  • Scanning requests will be prioritised according to urgency of research need. Please advise us of any deadlines - academic, publishing or other - that might apply. We may not be able to respond quite as quickly as in normal circumstances - please allow a turn-around time of up to 12 weeks for non-urgent enquiries.

What other support for research is possible?

  • We are offering a limited remote research assistance service, such as helping you to identify material for scanning. Please advise us of any deadlines - academic, publishing or other – that affect your request.
  • If your research is not time-dependent, please consider waiting to submit your request