Hull History Centre exterior from Worship Street

Using microfilm at the Hull History Centre

How the service works

Please read fully to ensure you understand how the service will operate during this period.

We have made a number of changes to our services in order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff:

  • You will be able to book a microfilm reader from 10am-12.30pm OR from 2pm-4.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please arrive within 15 minutes of your booking start time.
  • To protect customers and staff please continue to wear face coverings when in our building. Be Responsible, Be Safe.

  • If you want a member of staff to help you at your microfilm reader you will need to wear a face covering and stay a metre away from them. They will be wearing a face covering too.
  • Please sanitize your hands at the sanitization stations provided on entering and leaving the microfilm area.

  • Microfilm readers MUST be booked in advance of your visit.

  • 3 microfilm readers are available to book and you will be allocated one at the point of booking. Please do not attempt to use any reader except the one allocated to you.

  • Whenever possible please come alone.
  • If you need to print items out, please save them up and only visit the printer once.

  • Please use contactless to pay for printing whenever possible.

  • Please bring your own scrap paper and stationery as we are unable to provide it at this time.

  • Once your session is over we ask that you leave the building promptly via the Freetown Way exit. There will be notices in the arcade to point you in the right direction.

Making a booking

To reserve a microfilm reader over the telephone

Ring the History Centre on 01482 317500 (Tuesday to Friday) and ask us to reserve a reader for you.

To reserve a microfilm reader by e-mail

Contact the History Centre enquiry team on to reserve a reader clearly stating your name and the date and time you would like to book for.

Please be aware that submitting a request either by phone or e-mail does not guarantee you a booking. A member of our team will be in touch with you to either confirm there is a reader free for you to use on your requested date or to try and arrange another date/time if not.

When you arrive at the Centre

Please make your way to the library area where staff on the Enquiry Desk will be ready to advise you.

The History Centre is observing Health & Safety guidance and we can assure you that the microfilm readers will be thoroughly cleaned after every use. We would ask you to play your part by frequently washing and/or sanitizing your hands, and not coughing or sneezing over the equipment.

Please continue to use the NHS test and trace service. QR codes are located at the entrance to the building and at the enquiry desk. By using test and trace we are helping to reduce the risk of a local outbreak and protect our staff, visitors and the wider community.