Student using Special Collections research materials

Using our collections

Heritage Collections manages collections of archives, manuscripts and book collections which are too rare, old or fragile to be kept on the open shelves of the library.

Material in our collections is available for students, staff and external researchers to access. Items from our collections are available to use in our Special Collections reading room. The Ronald Duncan Reading Room is open by prior appointment only to consult pre-reserved materials between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can search the rare book and archive catalogues and a selection of digital collections, mainly relating to Victorian culture and film history are also available to view and download for research here.
Please contact us in advance of your visit to reserve items at