National accreditation for University Library Archives and Record Office

Our University Library and the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland have both been awarded Archives Service Accreditation.

Awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, accreditation recognises achievement, improvements and good performance in all areas within the archives sector. It demonstrates that the University Library and Record Office’s archive services have met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

Both services will receive their respective accreditation awards at ceremonies taking place on Monday, 5 February.

Caroline Taylor, University Librarian, said: “We are delighted to receive accreditation for our Archives and Special Collections.

“Achieving the national standard recognises the hard work and professionalism of members of the library team who work to preserve and promote our rare and unique collections. We welcome all visitors with an interest in our collections, which form an important part of the written heritage of the city and region.”

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “It is fantastic that the Record Office has received accreditation. It is testament to the team of staff and volunteers who go out of their way to ensure records relating to Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland’s heritage are well maintained.

“Hopefully this will help to raise the profile of the service that we offer and get more people who are passionate about history to take a trip back in time through the archives.”