HOW TO ORDER

The archives and manuscripts listed on the SOAS Archive Catalogue are unique primary sources, which mean they are held in secure and environmentally controlled storage which only staff can access. Therefore you will need to place an individual order for each item (a single box or volume of archive/manuscript material) you wish to view so that staff can collect these for you.

Ordering Material (Reading Room)

To order material in person you should complete a paper requisition slip.

These requisition slips are available in the Reading Room and should be returned to the staff on duty at the Supervisor's Desk.

Completing a Requisition Slip

Please complete one slip for every item - each single box or volume of archive/manuscript material - you wish to view. You may submit up to three slips for each collection.

Please include the information found in the 'Order With this reference' field on the SOAS Archive Catalogue for the item you wish to order. This information should be written on the right hand side of the slip under the section marked 'Shelf mark & acc. no.'

Please also enter your personal details, including your library card barcode number on the left-hand side of the slip.

Collection Times

Collections of closed access material are made four times a day, at the following times:

  • 10.00am
  • 11.30am
  • 2.00pm
  • 4.00pm

Please note material can take up to 30 minutes after each collection time to be brought to you from the store room.

Your order will be kept on reserve for you for up to a week.

Ordering Material (In Advance)

You are welcome to order material in advance of your visit. To order material please contact us via email docenquiry@soas.ac.uk or via telephone +44 (0) 20 7898 4180.

Please let us know the information found in the 'Order With this reference' field on the SOAS Archive Catalogue for the item you wish to view.

You may order up to three items in this way. Please give at least one working day's notice of your visit. Your order will be kept on reserve for you for up to a week.

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