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Manuscripts and archives


This Manuscripts Online Catalogue describes our manuscript and archive collections. It does not contain images of the collections. Some images of items from our collections are available online through Historic Collections Online on our website.


Anyone can view the collections in the Manuscripts and Special Collections Reading Room at King's Meadow Campus.


Information about visiting our Reading Room is available on our website.


If you are unable to visit in person, it is usually possible for you to purchase copies of manuscript and archive items. All requests for copying are assessed by staff who will advise you of any physical and legal constraints affecting the copying of material. Copies are provided for the purposes of research or private study only. Advice on our reprographics policy and pricing is available on our website.


Special Collections


Our special printed book collections are catalogued on the University's library catalogues:

  • UNLOC, our classic library catalogue, to perform filtered searches for particular Special Collections.
  • NUsearch to search for books, journal articles and more, both in our libraries and elsewhere.


Anyone can view the collections in the Reading Room. Members of the University of Nottingham Library can additionally borrow books from the open-access East Midlands Collection which are not classified as reference only.


Contact us


Please contact us via our website with any queries about viewing or ordering printed books, manuscripts and archives, quoting the Document Reference numbers of the items in which you are interested.


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