18th- and 19th-century British Manuscripts at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library: Creating Your Account and Requesting Items

This guide offers resources and advice for conducting research on 18th- and 19th-century British, Scottish, and Irish manuscripts at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Creating Your Researcher Account and Submitting Paging Requests

Registration Procedures and Use of Library materials

Materials from our collections are to be used in the Reading Room. Our procedures are designed to ensure the safety and preservation of our materials for future generations.

  • To register to use library collections, you will be asked to fill out a registration form in our automated circulation system, Aeon. Once you have created an account in Aeon you may begin placing requests. Materials from our collections are to be used in the Reading Room and are not retrieved from the shelf until you have physically checked in at Spencer and shown photo identification. Some of our materials are housed off site. Items identified as being at the Library Annex, our offsite storage facility, need to be requested two working days in advance.
  • Leave any food or beverages outside the Library.
  • Place your personal items (such as coats, purses, and bags) in a locker.  Any materials you take into the Reading Room will be examined by Library staff when you leave.
  • Handle all materials with care.  If the materials you request require special handling, Library staff will assist you.
  • Use a pencil or computer to take notes.  Laptop computers are available for checkout.
  • Silence your cell phone or turn it off.
  • Library staff will review your requests for photocopies, self-service scanning or digital photography; some materials may not be safely copied.
How to Create an Account in Aeon:

The following video explains how to create an Aeon account:



Requesting Materials Using your Aeon Researcher Account:

To examine materials from the Spencer Library's collections in the reading room, you must submit a paging request using your Aeon account.  The tutorial shows you how to submit item requests.


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