Information Services

Library & University Collections sections

Library and University Collections (L&UC) has five sections. Jeremy Upton is the Director of the division.

Jeremy Upton

Director of Library and University Collections

  • Library and University Collections

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Library & University Collections Division has an annual turnover of £10m and is supported by 150 staff. It provides over 3.5 million books and 60 kilometres of Special Collections, Museum and Art Collections, along with over 28,000 e-journals and 300,000 e-books.

The collections are made available online and through the recently redeveloped £60m Main Library and nine other library sites. Together, this prestigious collection along with modern library buildings generates 2 million visits per year to the Main Library alone. In addition the Library incorporates highly-regarded services to the public and to the University, such as the Centre for Research Collections and the University Historical Musical Instrument Collection - and gives leadership and oversight for all the University's museums and galleries.


Digital Library and Library Research Support

Digital Library and Library Research Support offers specific library services to the University with a focus on enabling research (publications, research data, open scholarship, bibliometrics) and resource discovery for learners (resource search systems, reading lists).

Collections Development & Access

Collections Development and Access (CDA) oversees the University Library’s digital and print collections.

Special Collections

The Special Collections section is located in the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) on the 6th floor of the Main Library and manages a vast range of rare/unique material including manuscripts and archives, rare books, photographs, printed and handwritten music, theses and microforms.


The Museums section comprises the Musical Instruments Collections, Art Collections and Museum Collections and Development.

Library Academic Support

The Academic Support Librarians in the section provide high-level professional support to staff and students for all matters relating to library services. They relay information between the Colleges and the Schools to Information Services in order to help develop a clear understanding of users' needs and innovation requirements in service delivery.