Using the collections

We are asking you to pre-order up to six items at the time of booking so please do look at our online catalogue to find the references of documents in advance. 

If you can’t find the document you want, please Contact us and describe it for us. We will try and work out what you need. 

Sessions will only be made available up to three weeks in advance.

Please see our Planning a Visit Page for details on how to book and please do not travel without booking as we are unlikely to be able to accommodate you.

Please remember to bring any papers and pencils that you need as we cannot provide these for you.

Please bring a face-covering as we will encourage you to wear it whilst you are in the BRO. 

Please try to be 'clean in' and wash or sanitise your hands upon arrival.  Use of the facilities is at your own risk.

If using original documents, you will be asked to sit at a specific desk and consult your items one at a time. Please return them to staff at the Issue Desk when you have finished with it. They will then issue you with your next item.

You will be able to use catalogues and the library. Use of shared items will be at your own risk. 

You will be able to use microfilm and fiche if you have booked to use them and will be allocated machines to use. Use of shared items will be at your own risk. 

You will be able to use the computers if you have booked to use one and will be allocated one. Use of shared items will be at your own risk. 

You will be able to make printouts if you have booked to use microfilm or fiche. However you will need to know how to use the machine as staff will not be able to assist. We will aim to clean machines between users. Use of shared items will be at your own risk.

You may be able to order photocopies or printouts for collection on the day. Please ask a member of staff what is possible on your visit. You are welcome to use self-service photography instead. Full details of our copying services can be found on our website. 

Contactless card payments are preferred, though you can make card payments if you don’t have a contactless card. Cash will be accepted if you have no other method of payment. 

Please see our When you arrive page for more details on what to expect when you get here. 

If you, or anyone at home, has COVID-19 coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating,please do not visit.