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Special Collections Essentials

Special Collections Enquiries:
Email:  libspc@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 72 2096​ 
Opening Hours: Please see our Reopening Special Collections page for details

Website: www.exeter.ac.uk/special-collections/


General Library Enquiries:

Email: library@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 723867

Welcome to Special Collections

Welcome to our Archives and Special Collections LibGuide! Special Collections manages the University's collections of unique and rare materials, which include archives, manuscripts, and rare books. Material in our collections is available for everyone - students, staff and external researchers - to access in our reading room. Our collections cover a wide range of subjects, including Arab and Islamic Studies; Art History and Visual Culture; Business Studies; Drama and Theatre History; English; Geography and Environmental Studies; History; Literary Studies; Local Studies; Modern Languages; Politics; Social Studies, and Theology and Religion.

The Reading Room

The Ronald Duncan Reading Room is located in the Old Library. Items ordered from Special Collections and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum are consulted in the Reading Room. The Reading Room is open Monday to Friday, please see our Reopening Special Collections page for more details. Readers wishing to access material need to be aware of the following:

  • Please contact us in advance if you wish to use material from our collections.
  • Members of the University of Exeter should bring their University Library card.
  • External users will be asked to register by completing the External Reader registration form, and bring photo ID, such as a driving license or passport.
  • You may use paper and pencil or your own laptop or tablet for taking notes. Pens are not allowed in the reading room.

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