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In-person access to our Special Collections is currently unavailable due to Covid restrictions. Find out how you can access digitised collections and online services here:

Special Collections

The University of Manchester Library is ranked second in the UK and globally within the top five university special collections; 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.