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Special Collections Acquisitions and Transfers

We add to our collections by donation, purchase and by transfer within the University. This page provides guidance and contact information if you have something to offer us or to discuss with us.

University Archives

As well as fitting with our Collecting Policy, internal transfers to University Archives are also based on what has been designated for transfer in active retention schedules developed by or in conjunction with the Records Management Section.

Legacy material that conforms to our Archival Selection Criteria will also be accepted for transfer.

Grant Buttars

Archivist: University Archives and Technical Systems

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Archives, Manuscripts & Personal Papers

Acquisitions of personal papers, non-corporate archives and manuscripts are dealt with by the Acquisition and Scottish Literary Collections Curator.

Dr Paul Barnaby

Acquisition and Scottish Literary Collections Curator

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Rare Books & Manuscripts

The criteria for what we collect is laid out in our Acquisitions Policy.

For more information on Rare Books acquisitions, please contact the Rare Books Librarian.

Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence

Rare Books Librarian

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Friends of Edinburgh University Library

For more information about the Friends of Edinburgh University Library, who support many of our purchases in rare books and manuscripts, please see their website.