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UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK.

Reading Room Closure

Following the latest Government lockdown announcement and UCL guidelines, UCL Special Collections reading rooms are currently closed.

Please see information relating to UCL's response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Information relating to wider library closures at UCL can also be found.

Our enquiry service remains open and with staff working from home, we recommend that you contact us by email.

Our staff are now all working from home, but we will endeavour to answer your emails as usual. Where possible, we will be working to support your research and teaching online, and making our schools and outreach programme available virtually.

Our Digital Collections and our catalogues remain online and available for your use. We’ve also created a Primary Sources reading list of digitised books, manuscripts and archives available from other institutions.

Please contact us with any enquiries.

Collection Highlights

Finding Material

For more information and video tutorials on how to use these resources to find material held by UCL Special Collections, learn about Our Collections.


News from our blog

Dante display and other events

Last week saw the launch of a new UCL Special Collections display outside the Donaldson Reading Room entrance on the 1st floor of the Main Library. Dante’s Divine Comedy: Modern Visual Representations features a selection of printed materials inspired by the great medieval Italian poet’s literary masterpiece. Produced over 700 years ago, the Divine Comedy is still celebrated today for its incredible imagery of the afterlife.

‘The Lover’s Confession’: students research Confessio Amantis fragment

This post contributed by Calum Cockburn and Lauren Rozenberg.

On the 8th and 9th December 2017, UCL Special Collections hosted the third workshop in the Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Fragment series (DEMMF), organised and taught jointly by UCL and Yale postgraduates students to twelve graduate students (the majority of whom are UCL-based).

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