Document ReferenceSPEC
TitleSpecial Collection (printed books)
DateMid 17th century - 20th century
ExtentNearly 17,000 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistorySpecial Collection is the name for a collection which has been built up over the years from general library stock. It comprises those books which have been considered inappropriate for open library shelves, due to their age, rarity, fragility, or for other reasons. All books published before 1850 are transferred into Special Collection. The collection grows steadily; it continues to absorb transfers from other library branches, but is now added to by donation and purchase, particularly if material is offered which appears to fill a gap or build on an existing strength.
Custodial HistoryThe collection is held in Manuscripts & Special Collections.
DescriptionWhen the series was first established, the Department's location within Hallward Library led it to focus exclusively on the arts, humanities and education subject areas which were catered for in the rest of the building. The recent inclusion of substantial collections from Medicine, Law, Agriculture, and Science has extended the Department's collecting remit to include material from all disciplines. Literature is strongly represented, including literature of a range of European countries.
MgtGroupPrinted Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by Library of Congress classification
TermRare books
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term SPEC (the code for Special 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.
ConditionVariable - some very worn and fragile bindings.
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