COVID-19 Courtesy of

To our staff, student community and global researchers and patrons.

Please read the latest University of Newcastle’s COVID-19 safety advice.

Special Collections is placing the following measures in place for observing safe practice:

  • For the ongoing safety of our volunteers and staff, Special Collection has paused in-person volunteer activities – to be reviewed in April 2021.
  • Staff in Special Collections are available to facilitate ongoing service requirements.
    • Staff aim to provide clients with digital access to our collections within a reasonable time frame
    • Where it is not feasible to digitise an item, physical access can be provided by appointment only by emailing
  • While the university campuses remain open, it is for staff, students and those with library memberships (Community Borrowers). If a client does not fall into any of these categories, we ask that you complete an online form here .

To use our digital content please check our page on the university website.

Special Collections’ procedures for in-situ visitors:

Making appointments:

  • Contact the library for access to required items.
  • If possible, a digital version of the requested item should be generated and sent to you in reasonable time.
  • Where digitisation is not feasible, physical access can be provided by appointment only.
  • Make an appointment by emailing

Attending the reading session:

  • Maximum of 2 clients at each time are allowed into the Reading Room.
  • The doors to Special Collections will remain closed throughout each session.
  • At the beginning of the session clients must sanitise and dry their hands.
  • Each client needs to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from other clients and the Special Collections staff.

Protective measures for staff:

  • All used surfaces including photocopier, door handles, working desks and phones, keyboards, fridge and kettle handles will be cleaned on regular basis.

Hunter Living Histories Meetings

Meetings have resumed in IDC Building in person and via Zoom for participants who can access the technology. See: