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Beethoven, Orwell and more on display – Tuesday 6 June, 12-4.30pm

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:53:45 +0000

You are warmly invited to this year’s Treasures Of The Written Word on Tuesday 6 June, 12 to 4.30pm, in the Roberts Building Foyer. The event is open to all, and booking is not required: just drop in. This annual event is a chance to see some of the treasures held in the library’s Special […]


Room to breathe

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:03:25 +0000

The next time you visit the UCL Institute of Education Reading Room you may notice it’s looking a little roomier than usual. As part of our commitment to meeting the changing needs of our users, the IOE archives team have moved into an office of their own, allowing the Reading Room to accommodate more visitors. […]


Reading London

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:14:39 +0000

This post originally appeared at Newsam News, and is reproduced here courtesy of Sally Perry. What: A London-themed celebration of reading aloud, and being read to, for World Book Night Where: UCL IOE Library When: Monday 24 April 2017 5.30-7.00pm To celebrate World Book Night 2017 and to coincide with UCL Libraries’ East Side Stories: […]


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Special Collections, Archives & Exhibitions

UCL Special Collections

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UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. It includes fine collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, notably from the C.K. Ogden Collection and Graves Library, as well as significant holdings of 18th century works, and highly important 19th and 20th century collections of personal papers, archival material, and literature, covering a vast range of subject areas, notably Latin American archives, Jewish collections and the George Orwell Archive.

Additional Archives

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There are also archives located at several of our specialist libraries, related to the department, school, research institute or associated hospital, while documents concerning UCL’s history are also held by the Records Office.


Jolly Good Fellows exhibition case

UCL Library Services has extensive archives including rare books, manuscripts, personal papers and artefacts across a range of subjects. Each year there are themed exhibitions in the Main Library that draw on highlights from UCL Special Collections and there are both temporary and permanent exhibitions at other locations too.

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