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Rare books, manuscripts, art and archives

You can access the University’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, art and archives in our Special Collections.

Our holdings include hundreds and thousands of historic items and archives. A number of our collections have been awarded Designated status, which means they have outstanding national and international importance.

Special Collections is also home to the Institutional Archive of the University of Leeds.

Find out more about our Special Collections.

Explore our collections

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Find out about our most important collections.

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Introductions to our collections by subject, and advice on how they can support various subject researchers.

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Guest authors explore items from Special Collections in depth and examine their research potential

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