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Special Collections

A close up image of an illuminated manuscript from Special Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections

Leeds University Library’s Special Collections is the home of hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, archives and art. Our collections offer a rich resource for staff, students, and the wider research community.

Explore our collections

Find out about our most important collections, discover what we have to offer for students and researchers from various subject disciplines and explore our historic items in detail.

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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Using collections

Everyone is welcome to come to visit us and use our Special Collections. Find out what you need to know about visiting, handling materials and making use of our copying and digitisation services.

Plan your visit

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Handling books and manuscripts

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Opening hours

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Restricted access

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Digitisation and copying

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Family and local history research

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For staff

We support teaching through teaching sessions, research seminars, and group study sessions. You can also download one of our teaching packs or use our online resources in your teaching.

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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.

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Blog

As the seasons turn so do the pages of books on display in the Galleries, and Amelia, Galleries Even... More on Keep rolling, rolling, rolling…
Ruth Burton, Collections Assistant, introduces two interesting recently acquired books, first publis... More on Seventeenth Century Family Fortunes
With Halloween almost upon us, Karen Sayers, Archivist, looks at some of the more magical archives i... More on Elves, Witches and Fairy Folk