Answered By: Jodie Hannis
Last Updated: Mar 02, 2018     Views: 127

Special Collections is the collection of rare books, manuscripts, historical photographs, engraved portrait prints and personal archives held by the University. This included the Orton Archive, Fairclough Collection and all pre-1850 items.

Anybody can view these collections but we do ask if you are an external visitor you join the Library first.

You will need to book an appointment in our Kirby and West Special Collections Reading Room to view the items. Special Collections is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and closed on the weekends. Earlier weekday appointments are available on request. 

The University Archives, relating to the history of the University of Leicester, can also be viewed in the Kirby and West Reading Room.

Explore the collections A-Z or browse the collections by theme.

None of the items can be removed from the Kirby and West Reading Room. No food, drink, pens or electronic equipment are allowed in the Reading Room. 

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