The University of Manchester Library is ranked in the top five university special collections in the world; in a number of fields it is world-leading.
Our mission is to manage, develop and enhance access to our astonishing special collections, in order to inspire and nurture world-class research, teaching and learning at The University of Manchester and in the wider world of scholarship.
We also promote the use and enjoyment of the collections by diverse audiences, in fulfilment of the vision of Enriqueta Rylands.
Over 30 subject guides enable you to explore our Special Collections thematically.
Search our Special Collections rare books, maps, visual collections, works of art, photography and objects.
Explore the Special Collections through the collection names and descriptions using our searchable A-Z tool.
Explore our gateway to the University of Manchester Library's digital collections.
There are three Special Collections reading rooms available for use at The University of Manchester Library.
Find out about teaching and learning with Special Collections at The University of Manchester.
The Library has an ambitious digitisation programme to inspire and support research, teaching and learning and public engagement activity.