UCL Library Services: Special Collections
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General information

Special Collections in UCL Library Services date from the medieval period to the present day and cover a wide range of subject areas. Highlights include the C.K Ogden and Graves Libraries of rare books, incunabula and medieval manuscripts, rich in the fields of science, language and literature; 19th century collections, notably Jeremy Bentham's manuscipts and the papers of Lord Brougham, renowned in the field of social, political, legal and educational reform, as well as particular strengths in medical and scientific innovation; and 20th century professorial manuscripts, literary collections and papers, notably the Orwell Archive and the Little Magazines collection.

Site information

Special Collections are located at 140 Hampstead Road, NW1.

Also at 140 Hampstead Road is the main reading room for users of the Library's archive and manuscript collections, rare books, rare store materials, and special collections on open access.

If you wish to visit the Special Collections reading room please note that spaces are limited and you must make an appointment first. Admission is by UCL I.D. and/or by completing a reader application form for consultation for manuscripts and archives

Full contact details along with opening hours information are available here.

Directory of Special Collections

Fuller information on all the main collections, giving details of location along with scope of content, finding aids and availability can be found from the alphabetical directory.

Location:  Home > Services & facilities > Special Collections Last modified  2 May 2002