Exploring Special Collections
There are several ways to find out about our amazing Special Collections.
The best way to get an overview is to start with our Guide to Special Collections. Follow the links below to browse and search for more detailed information on our physical and digital collections.
Rare books and maps
The majority of Special Collections rare books and maps are recorded in Library Search. Advanced Search gives you more search options. 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.
Archives and manuscripts
Our Image Collection contains digital surrogates of many individual visual resources. Manchester Digital Collections is a new resource for exploring high-quality images of cultural collections and research projects at The University of Manchester.
For advice on material not covered by the online catalogues, or for any other enquiries relating to the visual collections, please contact us.
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre
Our unique library and archive collections tell the story of race, diversity and multiculturalism in Manchester, the UK and America.
All of the RACE Centre’s resources can be searched using the Manchester Library Catalogue Advanced Search. In the Location Field select ‘Race Relations Resource Centre: Central Library’. Details of the archive and oral history collections and how to access them can be found on the RACE Centre’s website.
The University of Manchester Library holds one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives in the world.
Explore the Special Collections through the collection names and descriptions using our searchable A-Z tool.
The Guide to Special Collections contains summary descriptions of the majority of the outstanding Special Collections held by the Library.
Search Special Collections
Search the majority of our Special Collections rare books, maps, visual collections, works of art, photography and objects.