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Enquiries
The staff at the desk will be happy to help readers with any enquiries or information concerning the services that are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Reprographics
It is possible for our Digital Content Unit to make copies of manuscripts and archives, depending on the physical nature of the material. Details for their services are available on their web pages.  There also is an online order form.

Photocopying and Reprographics
Photocopying can be carried out by Library staff, provided the material is of a suitable condition and is not covered by restrictions.  We are able to photocopy up to 20 pages. Orders of greater quantity will have to be scanned by the Library's Digital Content Unit. Completed orders can be collected and paid for in the Manuscripts Reading Room.  Certain kinds of material, such as medieval manuscripts and most bound volumes, cannot be copied in this way because of the risk of damage to the original. In such cases our staff can advise on an alternative method of reproduction which can be carried out by the Digital Content Unit.

Self-service photography in Maps, Manuscripts and Rare Books Reading Rooms.
Readers may use their own cameras to take still photographs of material in the Manuscripts, Maps and Rare Books Reading Rooms. If you wish to take your own photographs you must first speak to staff on the desk and read and sign the permissions form on self-service photography and copyright provided. Photographs may be taken for non-commercial research or private study only. Photography in other areas of the Library is not permitted.

Cameras and camera phones must be hand-held, and must be capable of being set to 'silent'. SLRs, tripods, 'mini-pods', hand-held scanners and flash photography are not permitted. Please note also that some collections are subject to restrictions and may not be photographed; staff will provide guidance on this.

Please see our full guidelines for further information.

Ultraviolet Light
Ultraviolet lamps, a cold light source and light sheets for viewing watermarks are available. Anyone wishing to use this equipment should apply at the Staff Desk. The staff will advise on correct operation.

Reference Books
The shelves in the Manuscripts Reading Room contain published reference works relating to manuscripts in Cambridge and elsewhere. They are not to be removed from the room, though they can be transferred to other reading rooms for use with material which can only be consulted there. Please note that CD ROMs from catalogues are accessed in the Microform Reading Room. Some reference works are kept in store but can be fetched to the room. Please ask at the Staff Desk if you cannot find the reference works you need.

Computers
PCs in the Manuscripts Reading Room give access to numerous online and CD resources relating to manuscripts and dissertations, including the National Inventory of Documentary Sources, Dissertations Abstracts International and Index to Theses Online. They also provide links to useful homepages, such as those of the Historical Manuscripts Commission (including the National Register of Archives), the National Archives (including the Access to Archives initiative) and the Archives Hub. The online catalogue to Cambridge dissertations from 1970 up to the present is also available on a terminal in the Room.

Wireless
The UniOfCam wireless network is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.  Please see the Library’s IT facilities pages for further details.

Microfilms and Microfiches
The Manuscripts Department holds many manuscript collections on microfilm and microfiche which can be read on machines in the reading room.