Special Collections holds 30 book collections.
They are grouped according to donator, collector, subject area or time period.
This page contains brief summary descriptions and links to twelve book collections. It will eventually be a directory for all of our book collections.
The following book collections, whose individual titles are available on the Library Catalogue, have yet to be added here: Daly Collection; Early Economics Collection; Early Printed Books Collection; Hibernica Collection; Moore Collection; O'Rahilly Collection; Queen's Staff Collection; Ross-Rozenzweig Collection; Special Publications/ Limited Editions. Please contact Special Collections if you would like information about them as collections.
Reference books and current issues of journals are located in the Special Collections Reading Room. All other books are held in our secure Store and should be requested on arrival at Special Collections. Readers are advised to check the catalogue (or below lists) for author, title and shelf mark details.
Library of the great Scottish economist Adam Smith
Adam Smith Collection
Click here for a full listing of the Adam Smith Collection. **Not on Library Catalogue**
General collection of monographs etc from the surviving personal library of the 18th century philosopher and economic theorist, Adam Smith (1723-90). The majority of titles relate principally to Greek and Latin classics and date mostly from the 18th century.
The collection does, however, include a number of early works from the 16th and 17th centuries, of which can be found some particularly fine bindings. Notable items include a 1546 edition of the Marsilius Ficinus translation of Plato and four folio volumes of Aristotle's complete works, c 1728. The collection also includes a few additional items of more recent date (19th century) acquired by Smith's descendants.