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How to find special print books elsewhere

Library Hub Discover is a search tool developed by Jisc based on the NBK (National Bibliographic Knowledgebase). It replaces the COPAC and Suncat catalogues.

See also B.C. Bloomfield, A directory of rare book and special collections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, 2nd edition (London: Library Association, 1997). R162514.

In the Manchester area there are several other libraries with important special collections:

Manchester Central Library: contains a number of important Special Collections such as the Henry Watson Music Library, local literary collections, and a collection of Manchester theatre material. Archives and Local Studies contains extensive printed collections and important archives relating to the history of Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University Library: major collections include the extensive Book Design Collection of finely printed, illustrated and artists’ books; the Manchester Society of Architects Library; the North West Film Archive; the Schmoller Collection of Decorated Papers; the Children’s Book Collection and the Manchester School of Art Collection.

Chetham’s Library: the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. It contains 60,000 books published before 1851, including important collections of 16th- and 17th-century printed works, periodicals and journals, broadsides and other ephemera.

The Portico Library: a subscription library containing a fine selection of 19th-century fiction and travel writing. Researchers are welcome to the Library to study from the permanent collection.