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Special Collections

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The Special Collections service at Queen’s provides access to the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections, as well as to more modern material relating to Ireland and Ulster in particular.

These webpages detail the collections we hold and the services we offer. Opening hours and additional resource & subject guides can be found on our Special Collections & Archives LibGuide.

Books, pamphlets, manuscripts...

correspondence, photographs and maps

All items held in Special Collections are considered to be of lasting research value and include examples of the earliest printed works, and books and pamphlets published between the 16th and early 19th centuries. In order to preserve the material for future readers the collections are housed in a secure and environmentally controlled setting.

The Special Collections Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of the McClay Library. Wireless internet access is available.

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