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Visitors to the Library

Visitors to the Library

The best way to make use of SPRI Library is to come and visit it. Each year several hundred visitors are received, many from overseas and many for extended periods of time. All are made welcome.

Opening hours are 9am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Last admission to the building is at 5pm.

  • For a brief visit, please contact or telephone 01223 336544 to advise us of your planned arrival date and length of stay.
  • For academic visitors planning a longer stay, please write in the first instance to the Director of SPRI if you wish to apply for Visiting Scholar status (see below).

Services available in the Library include ready access to the open shelves, to the bibliographic database SPRILIB, and to CD-ROMs including Arctic and Antarctic Regions and PolarPac. For a general description of the collections, see the Library overview. For details of services designed specifically for visitors with limited time to spend, see SPRI Timesaver.

Access to the Archives

Scholars wishing to access to the SPRI Archives during their stay are strongly advised to contact Naomi Boneham, Archives Manager (, before finalizing the dates of their visit, since access to the Archives is by appointment only. An online booking form is available.

Visiting scholars

Distinguished scientists and scholars and those learning their trade are always welcome at the Institute.

If you want to carry out research here and would like to stay for more than two weeks, you should write to the Institute's Director, Professor Julian Dowdeswell, outlining your planned research topic and length of your proposed stay. Your application should also include details of your curriculum vitae. Every attempt will be made to accommodate you, but the Library is well-used and booking some time in advance is recommended.