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Archives & special collections

The Library's archives and special collections are managed by Bournemouth University Library and Learning Support.

It provides access to collections which support the research of Bournemouth University's Academic Faculties and secures where possible, through the quality or uniqueness of its collections, distinction within the higher education community.

Access to the archives is by appointment, and requires at least five working days' notice. Please contact:
Tel: 01202 965959

Student use

If you wish to use the archives and special collections held at The Sir Michael Cobham Library, please apply using the Archives and Special Collections Permission Form. Forms are also available from the Help Zone. Please arrange to have the form countersigned by your tutor. The agreement is valid for one academic year, so you will only need to complete the form once.

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

Staff and Researchers

For the ITA/IBA Cable Authority Archive 1953-1990, special arrangements are in place and you will need to make an appointment to view the material. Please email

Archives and Special Collections journals, such as The Listener and Radio Times, can be requested through the Help Zone or by emailing

External Users

Due to coronavirus restrictions and until further notice, we are unable to offer library access to visitors or external library members. Please check Library opening times and updates for further details.