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How to find The University of Manchester Library special print books

The majority of Special Collections printed books are recorded on the library catalogue. 

You can limit a catalogue search to Special Collections material in one of two ways. Either enter a search term in the Simple Search box, then refine your search by selecting Special Collections from the list of options on the left-hand side of the screen. Or use the Advanced Search option and select Special Collections from the drop-down list of options. 

The Library’s Guide to Special Collections provides an overview of the printed collections. For each collection there is a brief summary of contents and references to online catalogues and other sources of information.

Some collections 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.

Images from many of our printed collections are available online via the University Library’s Luna image database.