They cover a wide range of subject areas, including Shakespeare, jazz, the Channel Tunnel, transport history, working class autobiographies, poetry, Middle-Eastern music and South Asian literature, art, theatre and music. You can read descriptions of them on the Collections page.
How to find items
Work to catalogue the collections is ongoing, but details of printed items may be found in the library catalogue and an increasing amount of archival material is listed on the Archives Hub. Please email us in case of difficulty locating material in the catalogues.
Finding out how collections are used
See Access to Special Collections for further details of how to make an appointment to use the collections.
Are you interested in using our collections to teach a workshop? You will find further information on our Teaching and Learning page.
New to using archival or special collections material?
If you have never used archive collections before the Archives Hub has some guidance on finding and using archives, as well as getting the most out of a research visit.
We have a blog post on How to use Special Collections, aimed at the new user.