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.
Please use our catalogue and subject guides to discover more about our holdings, or if you need any more detailed information about our collections please contact us. If you are new to using primary sources, see our Using archives for research guide.
Arrange a placement
For PhD and post-doctoral level researchers, it may be possible to arrange a placement to give in-depth access to collections. Please see our Student Support Policy (PDF) for more details.
Order digitised copies
You can order digitisation or photocopies of material and in most cases you can take your own photographs if you visit.
Arrange a research visit to the art collection
We can arrange research access visits to consult items in our art collection that are not currently on display. These are held off site so please contact the galleries with at least 2 weeks’ notice of when you want to visit.
Book a group study space
For researchers working in groups, you can book the group study desk situated in the Special Collections Research Centre reception area. Contact Special Collections to book a space.
Researchers using digital materials can also use the Research Hub in the Edward Boyle Library.
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