Document ReferenceEMC
TitleEast Midlands Collection (printed books)
Date1850 - present
ExtentOver 30,000 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryThe East Midlands Collection is the only open-access collection held in the Department. It contains books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials on the historic counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. It does not aim for complete coverage in any single county, but it maintains an unequalled collection of printed sources for the East Midlands region as a whole. In development of the Collection, the Library does not seek to compete on subjects where local public library holdings have particular strengths. The collection has been much augmented by donations. In 1981 the University agreed to accept on deposit the library of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, and where appropriate this was incorporated into the East Midlands Collection. In acknowledgement of this, Thoroton Society members are given borrowing rights for the East Midlands Collection.
Custodial HistoryThe collection originated with and has been developed by the University of Nottingham.
DescriptionAlthough the Collection is commonly thought of as dealing with local history, many subjects are represented, including the natural sciences, architecture and buildings, archaeology, literature, economic activity and social issues. There are inevitably overlaps with other parts of the Library's general holdings. The Collection aims to support relevant subjects in the University's research and teaching programmes, and supports and complements the very rich local materials in the Department's manuscript collections.

Most of the Collection is on open access in the Reading Room. The majority of the books and pamphlets, and some periodicals in this collection can be borrowed by library members.

Earlier and rare imprints comprise the East Midlands Special Collection (see EMSC), and are available for consultation, but not borrowing. Bound newspapers and the majority of maps are also in storage, and can only be consulted during hours when the Reading Room is staffed.
MgtGroupGenealogical and local history
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by its own East Midlands Collection classification scheme.
TermHistory - England - East Midlands
Geography - England - East Midlands
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term EMC (the code for East Midlands Collection) into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionGenerally good.
Related MaterialOlder and rare material is held in the East Midlands Special Collection (EMSC), which also includes a substantial section on the history of the University itself.
Related RecordEMSC
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