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Archives and Special Collections: Home

What's in the Archives and Special Collections? Who do I contact?

  • Archives & Special Collections are managed by Bournemouth University Library and Learning Support. It provides access to collections which supports research of BU's Academic School/Faculties and secures, where possible through the quality or uniqueness of its collections, distinction within the higher education community.
  • We hold approx. 300+ metres of boxed materials in Talbot Campus Library mobile shelves, containing print documents and files plus some microfilm and audio visual materials. We also have 940+ boxes of print documents and files in an off site storage facility (mainly the IBA Archive). We have a process for requesting items for archive researchers.
  • Access to the archives is by appointment only (Mon-Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 10am-4pm) and requires at least 20 working days' notice. Up to 8 files may be researched per day.
  • Please email (inbox is monitored by two Librarians) or call 01202 965959.

Staff and Researchers

For the ITA/IBA Cable Authority Archive 1953-1990, held off site, special arrangements are in place and you will need to make an appointment to view the material - visit the IBA Archive page of this guide.

Archives and Special collections journals, such as The Listener and Radio Times, can be requested through the Help Zone or by emailing (inbox is monitored by two Librarians).

Student use

If you wish to use the archives and special collections held in The Sir Michael Cobham Library's mobile shelves, please apply using the Student Permission to Access Form (link below). Forms are also available from the Help Zone.

You must arrange to have the form countersigned by your tutor. This agreement is valid for one academic year.

Once you have a completed this form, please contact to arrange access. Further advice and support is available at the Help Zone.

External Users

Jisc Archives Hub

Currently, some of our collections are listed in the Jisc Archive Hub resource.

[Link added to this Guide October 2021]