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Special Collections

The Library's Special Collections contain a wealth of rare, fascinating and unusual items dating as far back as 1514 to the present day.

The Special Collections Archive can be found on Level 3, Room 305. View our Special Collections Library Guide for further information.


Law Collection

The law collection encompasses the shelf-mark numbers 340-349 and has its own section, separate from the main library stock, situated on Level 2 of the Library by the west wall, near the lifts.

The collection also includes Law reports.


School Experience Collection

The School Experience Collection is located on Level 2 of the library. These teaching resources include fiction and non-fiction books and classroom resources in a variety of formats, e.g. DVDs, posters and project packs. Students on Initial Teaching Training courses can borrow up to 40 items from this collection in addition to their usual allocation. Other library users can borrow these items within their usual book limit for three weeks.

The classification system is as follows:

J 001 – J 999 Junior non-fiction

OS J 001 – OS J 999 Oversize junior non-fiction

J AAA – J ZZZ Junior fiction

JS AAA – JS ZZZ Junior short fiction

JP AAA – JP ZZZ Junior picture books

JPB AAA - JPB ZZZ Junior picture books (large format)

JPL AAA – JPL ZZZ Junior foreign language picture books

The reference only section:

JREF 001 – JREF 999 contains schemes of work and lesson plans for different subject areas.


For further information on how to use this collection see our Education library guide