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We are home to approximately 25,000 rare books and over 150 special collections consisting of archives, manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets and scores.  It is a unique resource which supports research and teaching, and we welcome both the academic community and the wider public.

PLEASE NOTE: Special Collections Department will be closed for refurbishment for 3 weeks from Monday 15th June. It will re-open on Monday 6th July. During this closure period members of the University can request Rare Books and Special Collections material (not Archives) via the Western Bank Library Level 5 desk. Items will be collected at 10.30am and 2.30pm and are for reference use only. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Please note that information about the University's Administrative Archives can be found on the Records Management web pages.