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About our 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.

Within the collections, you will find rare books collected for their artistic merit, rare journals from the golden period of journals, artists' books and self-published zines, and much more.



No matter what you are studying, there are bound to be fascinating items in the Special Collections for you. Use this guide to find out more about accessing the collections and take a glimpse at some of its treasures.

To book an induction for the Special Collections please contact Nicola Tricker, our Special Collections Information Specialist.