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Opening hours

Special Collections is open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday during term-time and by appointment only during vacation periods. Please check the term dates on the academic calendars.

 

Information for Visitors

For external visitors please read the information available on access for external users and if you are eligible for membership please complete a Visitor application form and follow the instructions on the Library visitor webpage. If you have any queries please contact Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Librarian or email Special Collections.

 

Using Special Collections

Staff and students of Liverpool Hope University may retrieve books from Special Collections without appointment during normal opening hours unless the material requested is a manuscript or rare book. To make an appointment to view the rare books or to consult the archives please email Special Collections or drop-in to the Reading Room in the library.

To enter the Reading Room please RING THE BELL and wait for the Special Collections Librarian to let you in. This could take some time if the librarian is working in the vault so please be patient! If there is still no answer after a couple of minutes please ask for assistance at the Help Desk or the Subject Support Points and another member of staff will be happy to help. 

 

Rules & Regulations

If you wish to use the Reading Room, whether to consult the special collections or just to use as a quiet study space you will be required to sign-in and adhere to the Reading Room requirements. Here are a few important ones to remember:  

  • Do not eat or drink at all in the Reading Room
  • Use of pens is strictly prohibited. Pencils are provided
  • Please set laptops and mobile phones to silent
  • All bags and coats must be left in the lockers provided.

These rules are important in safeguarding the collections and in preserving them for future use. For further information please read the section on Collection Care.

Services

Enquiries

Can't find what you're looking for?

We have finding aids and useful links to online resources but if you can't find what you're looking for please email for help. Unfortunately, due to limited staffing, we can only spend a short period of time on individual enquiries and are unable to offer a paid research service but you are welcome to make an appointment to visit Special Collections and spend as long as you need to find what you are looking for.

 

Support for Learning and Teaching

Special Collections is embedded in the Library and Information Skills Programme which aims to enable our students to develop lifelong information skills by using a range of innovative practices to enhance sessions. Sessions are designed in consultation with course tutors and can offer a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, hands-on workshops, and comparative studies with online resources. There are a number of different ways to utilise the collections to offer a unique experience.

All students receive an introduction to Special Collections to learn about what we have, how best to access the collections and to understand the rules and regulations of working in the Reading Room. For interactive workshops students must receive a compulsory 20-minute training session in handling rare books to inform students of the importance of collection care and to familiarise them with using book supports and snake weights. Sessions are designed in consultation with course tutors to meet the needs of particular cohorts.

 

Type of session:Aim is to:Students will:
Lecture Introduce students to Special Collections

Receive an introductory talk and tour of the special collections and reading room

In partnership with the academic tutors learn about the collections, including content and/or historical significance

Lecture and designed workshops for hands-on activities

Introduce students to Special Collections

Demonstrate handling techniques

Ensure students feel comfortable both within the area and with using the materials

Receive an introductory talk and tour of the special collections and reading room

Receive training in handling techniques

In partnership with the academic tutors learn about the collections, including content and/or historical significance

 

Workshops with comparative studies using online resources 

Introduce students to Special Collections

Demonstrate handling techniques

Ensure students feel comfortable both within the area and with using the materials

Compare original documents to digitised versions/ editions

Receive an introductory talk and tour of the special collections and reading room

Receive training in handling techniques

In partnership with the academic tutors learn about the collections, including content and/or historical significance

Be comparing primary resources with digitised editions

 

 

Photocopying & Digital Photography

Self-service photocopying is permitted on material that may be borrowed as long as UK copyright law is adhered to. See the library's guidelines on copyright for guidance. Photocopying of other reference-only material in the closed access vault is permitted at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian. Please be aware that the physical condition or size of an item may prohibit any photocopying. 

Early printed books and manuscripts are not permitted to be photocopied; however, they may be photographed (without the use of flash) when used for personal research and study only. This is at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian so please ask in advance. We allow students and visitors to bring their own digital cameras or smartphones but you will be required to record details of what you photograph and how many you take. This is to monitor use of the collections and to gather statistical evidence for potential future digitisation projects. You will also be required to sign a declaration form stating that you have understood the following restrictions that apply:

  • Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003. The restrictions related to special collections and archives are governed by this government legislation.
  • Collection Care. Photography prevents potential damage as no contact is made, however, it is essential that the books are properly supported. Assistance in using book supports and snake weights will be given. 
  • Data Protection Act 1998. Access to archive records containing personal data is restricted under the Data Protection Act.

There is no charge for personal digital photography.

 

Image Licensing and Reproduction

To reproduce an image for publication, either for personal or commercial purposes, requires written consent from the rights holder. You will be required to complete a Reproduction & Licensing Request form with details of the requested image and publication details. There may be a charge imposed. For further information please email Special Collections.

 

 

 

Collection Care

Collection Policies

The following policy documentation supports the Library Development Plan and Collections Management Policy and provides an overview of the basic principles and procedures governing the management of Special Collections within Liverpool Hope University. The Special Collections Management Policy and the Preservation Policy are now available to download.

 

Handling rare books

The main cause of damage to library special collections is sustained through poor handling. Damage is often cumulative and not immediately apparent. A culture of good handling will ensure continued access to collections and help preserve them for future generations of users. All users have a responsibility for the care of the collections. To find out more about looking after special collections please read our Collection Care guidelines.

Book supports and snake weights are available to help prevent damage and as part of Special Collections Services we offer training on handling rare books and using these supports. All users of the collections; individuals, Hope students in session groups, and visiting students and researchers must receive compulsory training in handling techniques. This will ensure good handling practises and the prevention of unnecessary deterioration of the books and also enable users to feel confident in using the collections. There is a Guide to handling rare books and a video (see below) of the handling training given by the Special Collections Librarian that you can refer to to refresh your memory before using the collections and there will always be a member of staff on-hand to assist you.

 

 

Guide to handling rare books

 

 

 

Finding Aids

Getting started

The vast majority of the printed books in Special Collections are catalogued on the Library Catalogue.

HINT: You can refine your search to individual collections by selecting the collection name from the Library Location menu on the left hand side or by using the Advanced Search tool.

For material that is not yet catalogued, there are printed catalogues and classification schemes available to download or to consult in the Reading Room to help identify what you may find in the collections. If you identify a particular area of interest it would be advisable to make an appointment to spend some time looking at the material with the Special Collections Librarian

 

Catalogues and Classification Schemes‌

 

Collections

Radcliffe Collection catalogue

Christopher Wordsworth Collection Catalogue

Radcliffe Classification

Andrew F. Walls Centre Classification & Index (CSAAC)

Gradwell Classification

Gradwell Local History Bibliography

 

Archives

Andrew F. Walls Centre Microfilm Catalogue

John Henry Newman Archive Microfilm Catalogue

Nugent Archive

Archbishop Stuart Blanch Archive

Mount Pleasant Training College Archive

S. Katharine's College Archive

S. Katharine's College slides

 

Useful links

Archives Hub logo

 

 

The National Archives (TNA)

 

British Library - Online catalogue

British Library Rare Books Online

British Library Illuminated Manuscripts

Glossary of manuscript terms

ISTC - Incunabula short-title catalogue

ESTC - English short-title catalogue

USTC - Universal short-title catalogue

STCN - Short-title catalogue, Netherlands

Medieval Manuscript Manual

Bodleian Library Images of Manuscripts

SOAS - University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies

COPAC - Consortium of University and Research Libraries online catalogue

 

Archdiocese of Liverpool

UNITAPES - Upholland Seminary

Catholic Archives - Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

Catholic Archives Society

Liverpool Cathedral 

Liverpool Cathedral Archives

 

Need more help?

Email Special Collections

Contact Us

To make an appointment to consult the manuscripts, rare books or archives please email Special Collections.

For external visitors please read the information available on access for external users and if you are eligible for membership please complete a Visitor application form‌ and follow the instructions on the Library's visitors webpage.

If you have any queries email Special Collections or contact Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Librarian

T: 0151 291 2027

E: backhok@hope.ac.uk or  specialcollections@hope.ac.uk

Postal address: 

Archives and Special Collections
The Sheppard-Worlock Library
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
Liverpool
L16 9JD
United Kingdom

Access

Opening hours

Special Collections is open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday during term-time and by appointment only during vacation periods. Please check the term dates on the academic calendars.

 

Information for Visitors

For external visitors please read the information available on access for external users and if you are eligible for membership please complete a Visitor application form and follow the instructions on the Library visitor webpage. If you have any queries please contact Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Librarian or email Special Collections.

 

Using Special Collections

Staff and students of Liverpool Hope University may retrieve books from Special Collections without appointment during normal opening hours unless the material requested is a manuscript or rare book. To make an appointment to view the rare books or to consult the archives please email Special Collections or drop-in to the Reading Room in the library.

To enter the Reading Room please RING THE BELL and wait for the Special Collections Librarian to let you in. This could take some time if the librarian is working in the vault so please be patient! If there is still no answer after a couple of minutes please ask for assistance at the Help Desk or the Subject Support Points and another member of staff will be happy to help. 

 

Rules & Regulations

If you wish to use the Reading Room, whether to consult the special collections or just to use as a quiet study space you will be required to sign-in and adhere to the Reading Room requirements. Here are a few important ones to remember:  

  • Do not eat or drink at all in the Reading Room
  • Use of pens is strictly prohibited. Pencils are provided
  • Please set laptops and mobile phones to silent
  • All bags and coats must be left in the lockers provided.

These rules are important in safeguarding the collections and in preserving them for future use. For further information please read the section on Collection Care.

Services

Enquiries

Can't find what you're looking for?

We have finding aids and useful links to online resources but if you can't find what you're looking for please email for help. Unfortunately, due to limited staffing, we can only spend a short period of time on individual enquiries and are unable to offer a paid research service but you are welcome to make an appointment to visit Special Collections and spend as long as you need to find what you are looking for.

 

Support for Learning and Teaching

Special Collections is embedded in the Library and Information Skills Programme which aims to enable our students to develop lifelong information skills by using a range of innovative practices to enhance sessions. Sessions are designed in consultation with course tutors and can offer a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, hands-on workshops, and comparative studies with online resources. There are a number of different ways to utilise the collections to offer a unique experience.

All students receive an introduction to Special Collections to learn about what we have, how best to access the collections and to understand the rules and regulations of working in the Reading Room. For interactive workshops students must receive a compulsory 20-minute training session in handling rare books to inform students of the importance of collection care and to familiarise them with using book supports and snake weights. Sessions are designed in consultation with course tutors to meet the needs of particular cohorts.

 

Type of session:Aim is to:Students will:
Lecture Introduce students to Special Collections

Receive an introductory talk and tour of the special collections and reading room

In partnership with the academic tutors learn about the collections, including content and/or historical significance

Lecture and designed workshops for hands-on activities

Introduce students to Special Collections

Demonstrate handling techniques

Ensure students feel comfortable both within the area and with using the materials

Receive an introductory talk and tour of the special collections and reading room

Receive training in handling techniques

In partnership with the academic tutors learn about the collections, including content and/or historical significance

 

Workshops with comparative studies using online resources 

Introduce students to Special Collections

Demonstrate handling techniques

Ensure students feel comfortable both within the area and with using the materials

Compare original documents to digitised versions/ editions

Receive an introductory talk and tour of the special collections and reading room

Receive training in handling techniques

In partnership with the academic tutors learn about the collections, including content and/or historical significance

Be comparing primary resources with digitised editions

 

 

Photocopying & Digital Photography

Self-service photocopying is permitted on material that may be borrowed as long as UK copyright law is adhered to. See the library's guidelines on copyright for guidance. Photocopying of other reference-only material in the closed access vault is permitted at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian. Please be aware that the physical condition or size of an item may prohibit any photocopying. 

Early printed books and manuscripts are not permitted to be photocopied; however, they may be photographed (without the use of flash) when used for personal research and study only. This is at the discretion of the Special Collections Librarian so please ask in advance. We allow students and visitors to bring their own digital cameras or smartphones but you will be required to record details of what you photograph and how many you take. This is to monitor use of the collections and to gather statistical evidence for potential future digitisation projects. You will also be required to sign a declaration form stating that you have understood the following restrictions that apply:

  • Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003. The restrictions related to special collections and archives are governed by this government legislation.
  • Collection Care. Photography prevents potential damage as no contact is made, however, it is essential that the books are properly supported. Assistance in using book supports and snake weights will be given. 
  • Data Protection Act 1998. Access to archive records containing personal data is restricted under the Data Protection Act.

There is no charge for personal digital photography.

 

Image Licensing and Reproduction

To reproduce an image for publication, either for personal or commercial purposes, requires written consent from the rights holder. You will be required to complete a Reproduction & Licensing Request form with details of the requested image and publication details. There may be a charge imposed. For further information please email Special Collections.

 

 

 

Collection Care

Collection Policies

The following policy documentation supports the Library Development Plan and Collections Management Policy and provides an overview of the basic principles and procedures governing the management of Special Collections within Liverpool Hope University. The Special Collections Management Policy and the Preservation Policy are now available to download.

 

Handling rare books

The main cause of damage to library special collections is sustained through poor handling. Damage is often cumulative and not immediately apparent. A culture of good handling will ensure continued access to collections and help preserve them for future generations of users. All users have a responsibility for the care of the collections. To find out more about looking after special collections please read our Collection Care guidelines.

Book supports and snake weights are available to help prevent damage and as part of Special Collections Services we offer training on handling rare books and using these supports. All users of the collections; individuals, Hope students in session groups, and visiting students and researchers must receive compulsory training in handling techniques. This will ensure good handling practises and the prevention of unnecessary deterioration of the books and also enable users to feel confident in using the collections. There is a Guide to handling rare books and a video (see below) of the handling training given by the Special Collections Librarian that you can refer to to refresh your memory before using the collections and there will always be a member of staff on-hand to assist you.

 

 

Guide to handling rare books

 

 

 

Finding Aids

Getting started

The vast majority of the printed books in Special Collections are catalogued on the Library Catalogue.

HINT: You can refine your search to individual collections by selecting the collection name from the Library Location menu on the left hand side or by using the Advanced Search tool.

For material that is not yet catalogued, there are printed catalogues and classification schemes available to download or to consult in the Reading Room to help identify what you may find in the collections. If you identify a particular area of interest it would be advisable to make an appointment to spend some time looking at the material with the Special Collections Librarian

 

Catalogues and Classification Schemes‌

 

Collections

Radcliffe Collection catalogue

Christopher Wordsworth Collection Catalogue

Radcliffe Classification

Andrew F. Walls Centre Classification & Index (CSAAC)

Gradwell Classification

Gradwell Local History Bibliography

 

Archives

Andrew F. Walls Centre Microfilm Catalogue

John Henry Newman Archive Microfilm Catalogue

Nugent Archive

Archbishop Stuart Blanch Archive

Mount Pleasant Training College Archive

S. Katharine's College Archive

S. Katharine's College slides

 

Useful links

Archives Hub logo

 

 

The National Archives (TNA)

 

British Library - Online catalogue

British Library Rare Books Online

British Library Illuminated Manuscripts

Glossary of manuscript terms

ISTC - Incunabula short-title catalogue

ESTC - English short-title catalogue

USTC - Universal short-title catalogue

STCN - Short-title catalogue, Netherlands

Medieval Manuscript Manual

Bodleian Library Images of Manuscripts

SOAS - University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies

COPAC - Consortium of University and Research Libraries online catalogue

 

Archdiocese of Liverpool

UNITAPES - Upholland Seminary

Catholic Archives - Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

Catholic Archives Society

Liverpool Cathedral 

Liverpool Cathedral Archives

 

Need more help?

Email Special Collections

Contact Us

To make an appointment to consult the manuscripts, rare books or archives please email Special Collections.

For external visitors please read the information available on access for external users and if you are eligible for membership please complete a Visitor application form‌ and follow the instructions on the Library's visitors webpage.

If you have any queries email Special Collections or contact Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Librarian

T: 0151 291 2027

E: backhok@hope.ac.uk or  specialcollections@hope.ac.uk

Postal address: 

Archives and Special Collections
The Sheppard-Worlock Library
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
Liverpool
L16 9JD
United Kingdom