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How to find University of Manchester Library Special Collections

There are several ways to find out about our amazing Special Collections. The best way to get an overview of them is to look at the online Guide to Special Collections. It contains summary descriptions of hundreds of collections, with links to more detailed catalogues.

The majority of Special Collections printed books are recorded on the Library Catalogue. However, there are some collections that are not yet fully catalogued. For advice on material not covered by the online catalogue, or for any other enquiries relating to the printed book collections, please contact us.

Most archives are listed on Elgar, the Electronic Gateway to Archives at the Rylands. However, many archives and most manuscript collections are still recorded in manual catalogues.

We are developing an image library containing many thousands of high quality digital images of books, manuscripts and archive. They can be viewed on our Luna database. 

Our Special Collections are huge and very diverse. It can be bewildering to know where to start your research, so feel free to discuss your research needs with a member of Library. See the contact us page for contact details.