Document ReferenceQESL
TitleQueen Elizabeth's School Library
DateLate 15th century - late 19th century
ExtentAround 75 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryThe collection comprises part of the old school library of Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. It numbers some 75 early books, many of which had been owned by Archbishop Sterne (an “old boy” of the school in the 17th century).
Custodial HistoryIn the 1980s the school became concerned about the poor condition and future of the books, which had not been in active use by the school within living memory. In 1987 the school governers agreed to deposit the library with the University of Nottingham, in order to preserve the integrity of the collection, and allow wider access to it. It is a closed collection, and is not being added to.
DescriptionThe Library consists principally of classical texts, theology, and church history. About half the collection was printed before 1600, and many of the texts are in Latin.
MgtGroupLibraries of other institutions
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is awaiting classification
TermSchool libraries - England - History
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term QESL (the code for Queen Elizabeth's School Library) 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.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA78783Sterne; Richard (1595/6-1683); Archbishop of York1595/6-1683
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