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Archives booking request

Archives booking request

In response to the government's move to Plan B, from Monday 13th December 2021, the archive will only be open to members of the University of Cambridge, please contatc archive staff directly at to discuss options.

Archive staff are still working on site and so our copying service remains in place for all researchers, please contact us at and we will do our best to help.

We will open the booking system again once we are able to welcome researchers back to SPRI in person.

Anyone needing to consult original manuscripts for their research can book a study desk for the Archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Book a research desk

A research desk is available to book Monday to Friday (10:00 – 13:00)

Book a research desk

! Please ensure you book on the "SPRI Archive: book an Archive research desk" option, as both the Polar Library and SPRI Picture Library also have event bookings on this site.

The space is designed to be quiet work environment for one person only.

In order to provide as many people as possible with research access we can only accept bookings for 5 days in any 20 day period.

Document ordering

All documents you wish to consult need to be ordered no later than 24 hours prior to your booking (or by 1pm on the preceding Friday if your booking is for a Monday morning).

Please contact staff directly at to discuss your research, as additional items cannot be produced during your visit.


If you only need to access a few items consider our copying service.

We can provide digital copies or photocopies of items for non-commercial research / private study subject to copyright, other legislation and depositor restrictions.

If you have any questions about booking a desk or specific access requirements please e-mail or call us on 01223 336 555.