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.
The books, pamphlets, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and maps held in Special Collections are considered to be of lasting research value and include examples of the earliest printed works (incunabula), and books and pamphlets published between the 16th and early 19th centuries (STC and Wing items). In order to preserve the material for future readers these collections are housed in a secure and environmentally controlled setting.
The Special Collections Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of the McClay Library and provides a comfortable, dedicated space appropriate to the consultation of Special Collections material. Wireless internet access is available. A brief guide to Special Collections is available here, and guidance on handling our material and using the Reading Room is available here.
Please note that access to early printed books, manuscripts or discrete collections (i.e. the Thomas Percy and Adam Smith libraries) must be arranged in advance. Access to these materials is restricted in the evenings and at weekends.
The Ireland Collection, developed in cooperation with Queen's University Belfast, is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. When complete the Ireland Collection will contain a minimum of 75 journals, including journals with moving walls between 1 and 5 years and ceased journals from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Over 200 monographs and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included.
Tel: 028 9097 6333