Welcome to our archives and rare books pages. Special Collections manages collections of archives, manuscripts and book collections which are too rare, old or fragile to be kept on the open shelves of the library. Material in our collections is available for students, staff and external researchers to access in our reading room and cover a wide range of subjects including South West writers, Victorian studies, Middle East collections and political papers.
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 from 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday. Readers wishing to access material need to be aware of the following: