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Special Collections

Special Collections include manuscripts and archives, rare books, photographs, architectural drawings, theses and microforms.

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.


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.


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.

Recent Acquisitions

These lists highlight key purchases - but this is only a fraction of the books and manuscripts which are acquired through donation, purchase and bequest. For fuller information, please contact us.

In total we have about 35 kilometres of historic material, much of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are available for consultation in the CRC Reading Room.