What is the SRR?

The SRR (Student Research Room) is a study space available for all students from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. It is also home to a variety of different book collections belonging to the School. The books in these collections have been kindly donated by academics such as Professor Jim McMillan, head of the (then) School of History and Classics, Professor Emeritus James Compton, lecturer in American History, and Professors of Humanities, Harry Chester Goodhart and William Young Sellar. These book collections have continued to grow thanks to a number of donations over the years.

Who works in the SRR?

The SRR is managed by the SRR coordinator. This year’s SRR Coordinator is Dorothy Longley-Cook (dlongley@ed.ac.uk)

20 Undergraduate volunteers help to oversee and maintain the space. Their duties include checking out books, providing access to collections which are in locked cabinets, assisting with inquiries, and helping the SRR coordinator with shelving books and cataloguing donations. Each year the School asks for volunteers, so if you are keen to work in this lovely space and to learn more about our collections, look out for emails about volunteering!

Can I study there?

All staff and students of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology are welcome to use the Student Research Room (SRR) for study and consultation of the book collections. The SRR is on two floors (Rooms 2M.25 and 3.13) in the William Robertson Wing. There are printing facilities, computers and desk space.

The SRR is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm. To access the SRR, you will need to swipe your student card. If you are unable to gain access to the SRR, please email shca@ed.ac.uk.

How can I find out more about the books in the SRR?

The SRR is home to nine different book collections and has a large range of books which are useful for both Undergraduates and Postgraduates. To view the library catalogue, please go to: http://edin.ac/2emaomx

It is possible to borrow books from the SRR. If you would like to borrow a book or to consult any of the books behind glass doors, please contact the student volunteers on duty between 10am and 6pm.

How do I donate a book?

To discuss book donation, please contact the SRR Coordinator (dlongley@ed.ac.uk)