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Archives and Special Collections: Home

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

  • Archives and Special Collections are managed by Bournemouth University Library and Learning Support. 
  • BU Library's webpage for Archives and Special Collections.
  • To arrange your research visit, please email (inbox is monitored by two Librarians and we aim to respond within 5-10 working days) or call 01202 965959.
  • We provide access to collections which support the 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 IBA archives and most of our special collections is by appointment only (Mon-Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 10am-4pm) and requires at least 20 working days' notice. Up to 8 IBA Archive files may be requested per visit day.

BU Staff and Doctoral Researchers (MPhil / PhD)

BU Students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

  • If you wish to use archives and special collections materials held in The Sir Michael Cobham Library's mobile shelves, apply using the 'Student Permission to Access Archives and Special Collections in Mobile Shelves' Form (link below)
  • Email your completed form to
  • Make the subject title of your email ‘BU Student request to access BU’s archives and special collections’
  • Copy in the BU Academic who you nominate to endorse your request. Must be your unit lecturer who’s set the assignment you’re researching or your dissertation / final year project supervisor.

External Users

Jisc Archives Hub

Currently, some of our collections are listed in the Jisc Archive Hub resource: [Link added to this Guide Oct 2021] [Link added to this Guide Mar 2022]