Search Special Collections
The majority of Special Collections rare books, maps and visual collections (works of art, photography and objects) can be found using the search function below.
In addition you can follow the links below for an overview of the collections and to find more specialist catalogues.
The best way to get an overview and search an A-Z list of collection descriptions.
Visit Manchester Digital Collections and Library Digitised Collections to explore our digital repositories.
Search our archive collections and English manuscripts on the Electronic Gateway to Archives at the Rylands (ELGAR).
Find PDFs of published catalogues of manuscripts.
Browse online exhibitions to explore our collections and curated research from anywhere in the world.