Today we’ve made two changes to our access procedures that will open the door even wider to our online archives and website features.
You no longer need to register to access the majority of our digitised archives – approximately 30,000 items. Archives and manuscripts under 100 years old, along with older archives now simply require you to accept our terms and conditions.
We used to ask you to register with us to gain access to the online archives and manuscripts which are under 100 years old, in order to preserve the duty of care we have towards the people who created them and are described within them.
The numbers show that many of you preferred to not register with us, and so missed out on many of our more recent archives. So we’ve done away with the registration requirement. Now all you need to do is to accept our terms and conditions of use to go straight through to the online digitised material. Some sensitive archives and manuscripts remain closed at the request of depositors or for legal reasons.
Also as of today logging in to our Library web site now automatically logs you into our catalogue, and vice versa. Previously you had to log in to the web site and catalogue separately. Now you only have to log in once to have access to both!
Author: Natalie Pollecutt is Library Systems Officer at the Wellcome Library.