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HoPC services

Access to collections

Our main archive collections are held at the Wellcome Library. To access these collections, please refer to the Library’s using the library page.

Access to other material, including our audio and visual archives, held by the History of Psychology Centre in London or Leicester is by prior arrangement only. Contact our Archivist by email at archivist@bps.org.uk.

In some circumstances we will be able to retrieve documents held at offsite locations for viewing at Society premises, either in London or Leicester. This can only be done by special arrangement and will be subject to a charge to cover costs.

Information and document supply

We offer an information service in response to queries by email, post or phone, or in person to visitors by prior arrangement. We will attempt to answer all queries, but we cannot undertake research.

Private study, teaching or research purposes

We can supply images from the visual archive, sound recordings, and photocopies or pdfs of papers and other material (subject to copyright restrictions and at our discretion) for personal non-commercial use free of charge to BPS members. For non-members, there may be a charge (to be agreed in advance) to cover administrative costs and reprographics and postage charges.

For visiting researchers, photocopying and scanning (subject to copyright restrictions and at our discretion) will generally be done free of charge. There is no self-service. 

Material held at the Wellcome Library is subject to the Library’s own arrangements for copying and supply.

Commercial purposes

We will negotiate a fee with any person or organisation wishing to use images or other material (subject to copyright restrictions and at our discretion) for commercial purposes. Commercial purposes includes, but is not limited to, the reproduction of material within a publication that is sold or distributed by a commercial organisation, and the inclusion of material in course packs.