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What are Special Collections?

There is no simple, catch-all definition of Special Collections. However, at the University of Manchester Library our Special Collections consist of several categories of material:

Special Collections material isn’t necessarily old. While our ancient Sumerian and Akkadian clay tablets date back as far as 2500 B.C., we also collect examples of modern fine printing, and digital archives.

The University of Manchester Library holds one of the largest assemblies of Special Collections material in Britain, occupying approximately 20,000 metres of shelving.