Leeds University Library

Teaching support

Conservationist examining a manuscript

Our diverse collections of rare and unique printed books and manuscripts can be used to support teaching within the University.

Teaching Sessions

The Brotherton Room at Special Collections can be used for teaching sessions or research seminars drawing on items from the collections. Items can be displayed in the room and depending on their fragility, be handled by members of the group.

Teaching sessions can be conducted independent of Special Collections staff or, if requested Special Collections staff can provide introductory information from general information literacy and research skills for using rare books and manuscript archives, to specific "show and tell" explorations, drawing on individual items of interest to enhance the learning experience.

We have produced a range of teaching packs for sessions on some of the different types of material researchers might encounter in Special Collections: Letters, Diaries, Photographs and Newspapers, along with some slideshows to assist in introducing students to the world of Special Collections.

If you would like to use Special Collections for a teaching session it is advisable to book the Brotherton Room well in advance. If you would like items to be available for the session please contact us with full references of every item (including classmarks) at least two weeks in advance, with any display requirements.

We always try to meet requests but cannot make any guarantees because of the often fragile nature of the material.

Group Study

Less formal research groups can be accommodated. See study and teaching spaces for more information.

Online learning resources 

Tailored learning resources provide enhanced access to digitised images of manuscripts held in Special Collections. These resources include in depth interpretation and narration to aid teaching and increase research skills.