Littler Reading Room opening hours

Monday to Friday

9.30am - 1.00pm

2.00pm - 4.45pm

Closed at weekends, Christmas, Easter, and for 2 weeks in the summer

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARCHIVE

Hannah Westall
Archivist and Curator

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t. 01223 338897

 

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Jenny Blackhurst
Librarian

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t. 01223 338970

Arranging a visit

Alfred Waterhouse's watercolour of Girton, 1887. Reference: GCPH 3/2/27Accessing our collections

Our opening hours

Making an appointment

How to find us

Registering as an Archive and Special Collections reader

Our Reading Room rules

Requesting to view material

Accessing the internet

Having lunch

Finding accommodation in Cambridge

Accessing our collections

Most of our catalogued collections are open to anyone with a research enquiry, free of charge.

However access to some of our collections is restricted. These restrictions are usually due to a condition of bequest or in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

All of our collections must be consulted in the Littler Reading Room.

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Scan from Margaret Welsby's ABC of Girton, 1915. Reference: GCRF 7/1/21/1

Our opening hours

We are open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.45pm (closed for an hour for lunch).

We close over Christmas & New Year, on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and for a fortnight in August/September each year.

This year we will be closed from Monday 21 August to Friday 1 September 2017 inclusive.

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Making an appointment

You must make an appointment with the Archivist (for archive collections) or Assistant Librarian (for special collections) at least 48 hours before visiting Girton. Please see our Staff and contact details webpage.

Please note that appointments are dependent on staff availability.

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How to find us

There are directions on how to find Girton College - see directions.

There is also a map of the College - see map and virtual tour or download map.

The Archive and Special Collections are housed in the Duke Building (number 5 on the Girton College map). Visitor carparking is available in the Mare's Run carpark and the Visitor entrance is via the Old Kitchens. When you arrive at the College please first report to the Porter's Lodge (number 7 on the Girton College map).

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Registering as an Archive and Special Collections reader

You will need to register as an Archive and Special Collections reader on your first visit. Please bring with you:

  • Some identification which includes your address and a photograph - for example your passport or driving licence.
  • (If you are a student - undergraduate or graduate) A letter of introduction from your supervisor.

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Our Reading Room rulesScan of Girton College's Household Regulations, 1912. Reference: GCAC 2/5/13

When you register as an Archive and Special Collections reader you agree to the following rules:

General Rules

  • No food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room.
  • Coats must be left in the Library.
  • Bags must be left with the Archivist.
  • Files of your own papers are not allowed on the Reading Room table.
  • You must use pencil for note-taking.
  • Laptops are allowed and power points are available.

Rules when handling the material

  • You may only have one file or three volumes/items at a time.
  • Handle the material with clean hands.
  • Keep loose documents in their original order, flat on the table and turn one sheet at a time.
  • Foam book supports and weights are available for volumes.
  • Do not lean on material or rest objects on them.
  • Close volumes and files when you are not using them.
  • Do not write on or mark any material (acid free bookmarks are available if required).
  • Tell us about any accidents or damage.

Requesting copies of the material

  • It may be possible to take your own photographs of the material for a daily charge.
  • It may be possible to request scans or photocopies of the material for a charge.

For our copying regulations and charges please see our copying and publishing webpage.

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Requesting to view material

All our collections are housed in a closed store. You will need to fill in a request slip for each item you wish to look at and wait for the Archivist or Special Collections Librarian to fetch it for you. Normally this does not take long.

It is possible to order items in advance of your visit so that they are out ready for you. If you would like to pre-order items please contact the Archivist (for items in the archive collections) or Assistant Librarian (for items in the special collections) - see our Staff and contact details webpage.

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Accessing the internet

It is possible to access the internet in the Reading Room via Cambridge University’s wireless service, UniOfCam (formerly called Lapwing). If you are a member of Cambridge University you can login using your UIS/Raven password. If you are not a member of Cambridge University you can request a UniOfCam temporary ticket. If you would like a UniOfCam temporary ticket please let the Archivist or the Special Collections Librarian know before your visit. Futher information is available at www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/wireless/browser/tickets.

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Having lunch Photograph of Hall, 1921. Reference: GCPH 2/8/3

Girton is located outside of the centre of Cambridge and there are no local cafes or restaurants within walking distance.

It is possible to have lunch in the College Cafeteria. You will need to bring cash with you as the Cafeteria is currently unable to accept debit or credit cards. We usually recommend you bring £10.

It is also possible to bring your own lunch and eat it in the Dining Hall or in the College grounds.

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Finding accommodation in Cambridge

If you need to stay in Cambridge overnight it may be possible to stay in College. Generally rooms are only available outside full term. For more details please see the Conferences at Girton College website.

You can find details of local accommodation on the Visit Cambridge website. This is the official tourism website for Cambridge.

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