Researchers at all levels are welcome to use our resources, and we actively encourage the use of Special Collections material as the main subject of academic research.
Visit our Using archives for research page to find out how to use our catalogues, access material online, and understand our collections and how they can benefit your research.
Find out about visiting Special Collections online and in person.
Online services in response to the coronavirus
Our Research Centre is shut, but there are many ways that researchers can interact with and benefit from Special Collections holdings.
Find out how to book a virtual consultation or request a photo of an item on our Plan a visit webpage.
Digitised parts of the collection are available online and can be searched, browsed and filtered through our advanced search.
Arrange a placement
We are not currently able to offer onsite student placements, but can consider requests for remote placements when brokered by Academic supervisors at the University of Leeds.
Requests will be considered on a case by case basis subject to departmental resource and priorities. Academic supervisors should discuss such placements at least six months in advance of an anticipated start date. Please see our Student Support Policy (PDF) for more details.
We are not currently able to accept speculative enquiries.
We will review this approach once spaces have been reopened and an assessment of priorities has been carried out.
Order digitised copies
Propose an exhibition
We will consider proposals for exhibitions in our galleries from researchers using our collections; please see our exhibition policy for our proposal forms.
Support for funding bids
We may be able to support funding bids and grant applications for research projects using our collections, but please contact us well in advance of the deadline for a discussion.
Who we work with
Special Collections also works closely with the various research institutes and centres across the University, and we welcome discussions about possible projects with researchers and staff attached to them. Our main partners include:
- The Cultural Institute
- Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI) including the annual Brotherton Fellowships
- Centre for the Comparative History of Print (Centre CHoP)
- Poetry Centre (LUPC)
- Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market