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Explore our collections

The objects, books and artworks in our galleries are a part of our Special Collections. You can take your research further by searching and browsing our collections, or you can see digitised highlights of our collections below.

Special Collections has some of the UK's outstanding collections of rare books and manuscripts, held in the University Library. Search all our collections or browse by subject or collection name.

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View details of most of our works of art (almost 3,000 items) by browsing and searching the collections. Many of the items have images and we regularly add more.

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Take a tour around some of the digitised highlights of the collections displayed in Leeds University Library Galleries.


A selection of our paintings spanning more than 200 years, from Morland (1763) to Bratby (1965).

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Treasures of the Brotherton

These highlights of our special collections are treasures due to their value, rarity or distinctiveness.

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Works on paper

Our works on paper, from traditional watercolour to modern collage and print, are diverse.

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Public art

The University campus is home to an extensive range of public art. Explore some of our sculptures on the campus art trail.

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Objects and other media

Fascinating and beautiful objects, from 18th-century pottery to a 21st-century slide installation.

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