Information Services

Overview of Collections & Digital Images

The CRC provides access to a diverse range of collections.

In addition to those listed below, there are further collections accessible at other sites around the University including New College Library and School of Scottish Studies Archive. These can be explored in the Cultural & Heritage Collections webpages.

Recent Acquisitions

A Pocket Ruzname (Almanac) of Şeyh Vefa
Details of recent acquisitions to support teaching and research.

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.


The University of Edinburgh holds some of the world’s most important archives and manuscript collections, providing unique resources for the study of a wide range of disciplines, cultures, technologies, people, and places.

Digital Archives and Preservation

Learn more about what digital preservation is, why it's important and how we manage our digital archives.

Art Collection

Discover over 8,000 works of art collected over 400 years in the University Art Collection.

Musical Instrument Collection

Information about how to explore the collections including access to the online catalogue and instrument images.

Lothian Health Services Archive

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

Meeting Backgrounds from the Collection

Digital images to liven up your Zoom or Teams meetings