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The Collections

An overview of the diverse collections available at the CRC.

Rare Books and Manuscripts

Edinburgh University Library’s rare book collections are internationally important and include many books found nowhere else. The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is an ideal place to conduct research on rare books.

Archives

Graduates in Chemistry, 1932 (crop)
Our Archives collections comprise both those created by the University itself and those we have acquired from external sources. They represent a rich record of human activity covering many disciplines, locations and periods.

Art Collection

Discover over 2,500 works of art collected over 400 years in the University Art Collection.

Musical Instrument Collection

Musical Instrument Collections at St Cecilia’s Hall, the Reid Concert Hall, and the CRC.

Lothian Health Services Archive

Lothian Health Services Archive holds the historically important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material.

Collection Images

Photograph of Medieval manuscript
Over 40,000 items in the collections have been photographed by the Digital Imaging Unit.

New College Special Collections

image of Bible from New College Special Collections
New College Library Special Collections include manuscripts and archives, rare books, theses, photographs and objects.

Theses

We hold theses presented for most higher degrees at the University of Edinburgh. Use this page to understand the different ways of locating theses of interest to you.