Special Collections

The Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library contain some of the most significant printed books and manuscripts ever produced alongside archive collections and visual resources documenting a wealth of cultural, literary, historical and religious traditions from around the world.

Together these rich resources form a research library of global significance, the majority of which is housed in the neo-gothic splendour of The John Rylands Library, one of Manchester’s finest public buildings.

It is an important part of the strategy of the Library to make these unique collections as accessible as possible – both to the scholarly community and the wider public.

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