About Special Collections
|What we have||What we do||Who we work with||How you can help|
What we have
Over 200,000 rare books and hundreds of thousands of manuscripts and archives.
Designated status for outstanding national and international collections.
Home to the Institutional Archive of the University.
Generous benefactions that continue to strengthen our collections.
Strong partnerships with other important organisations in Yorkshire.
What we do
Special Collections blog: find out what projects team is currently working on, what collections are being acquired and catalogued and what research and collaborations are underway.
Special features: items from the collections are put in the spotlight.
Conservation studio: expertly preserving rare books and manuscripts.
Digitisation studio: photographing unique items from the collections.
Literary Archives Project: providing new opportunities for teaching and research.
Who we work with
We work collaboratively with groups and on project both within the University and beyond.
Related archives on campus
There are other archives on the University campus that can complement your research:
How you can help
Help us protect our collections by adopting a book. Adopt-a-Book at Leeds helps fund conservation work to ensure our precious, fragile books can still be read in 100 years' time. Contact us for more details.
If you want to donate material to Special Collections or the University Archive contact us in the first instance to discuss the offer with a member of staff.
Depending on our current plan of work and the projects being undertaken, there are volunteer opportunities at Special Collections. Preference is given to our students and those associated with the University of Leeds, either seeking work experience or having specialist skills that strengthen the work of the service. Volunteers help with conservation and collection description.
To find out about current opportunities, contact us with a current CV, details of availability and areas of interest.