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Explore 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.


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 2,500 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.

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.