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Special Collections Essentials

Special Collections Enquiries:
Phone: 01392 72 2096​ 
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (please note: open by prior appointment only during vacation periods; closed on bank holidays and university closure days)


General Library Enquiries:

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; English; Geography; History; Literary Studies; Local Studies; Modern Languages; Politics; and Theology and Religion.

Ronald Duncan 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 from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 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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