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Special Collections

Special Collections & Archives provides access to books, maps, photographs and manuscripts from the twelfth century on, and the institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast. All items held are considered to be of lasting research value.

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Close up of page from Book of Hours in Special Collections
Manuscript Collections
Manuscript and archival collections
Finding aids
View of Antrim Presbytery Collection in Special Collections Store
Book Collections
Printed collections
Catalogue links and finding aids
View of Ewart map collection in Special Collections Store
Map Collections
Historic maps dating from 1567 to 1900
Finding aids and subject guide
View of McClay Library Atrium with students and PCs
Digital Resources
Digital platforms to assist in using our collections
Explore our digital resources
View through Special Collections exhibition case in McClay Library
Digital Exhibitions
Exhibitions featuring manuscripts and rare books
Enter the exhibitions
Screenshot of Special Collections subject guides page
Subject Guides
Highlighting key subject strengths in our collections
Our subject strengths
Front view of the Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast.
University Archive
Institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast.

Comprises records pertaining to the history and development of Queen's from its foundation as a Queen's College in 1845 through to its establishment as an independent university in 1908 to the present day.

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Special Collections Blog

Using our Collections

McClay Library Tower
Special Collections
Chinese women making lanterns, from Sir Hart Collection
Reprographics & Permissions
Copying services
Female student studying Ulysses in Special Collections Reading Room.
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Overhead view of inside the old Queen's library with many students studying
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