Special Collections Subject Areas
The subject areas covered include Ulster, Ireland, History, Politics, Economics, Theology, Philosophy, Literature and Language.
Readers are advised to check the catalogue for author, title and shelf mark before coming to the Special Collections & Archives Enquiry Desk.
Reference Books and Journals
Bibliographies, reference books and current issues of journals are located in our Reading Room. Bound journals must be requested at the Enquiry Desk.
Recently purchased book titles are added to our Subject Guide on a regular basis.
Special Collections Book Prefixes
h = The Hibernica (formerly Henry) Collection is a substantial collection of monographs, periodicals and pamphlets of general Irish interest and /or origin.
e = Collection of works of early economic theory and philosophy dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries.
t = Collection of monographs, periodical and facsimiles etc., on or relating to a variety of Hebrew and Jewish subjects and studies.
x = 19th & 20th Century book, general collection of valuable, limited, fine, or rare material from the 19th and 20th centuries.
w = 18th Century books & pamphlets, general collection of c.7614 items, of particular note is the series of pamphlets maintained by Irish politician John Foster (1740-1828)
y = Indicating books printed pre 1701
MacD/ = Collection of general literature, Sanskrit and comparative philology from the personal library of Charles MacDouall (1818-1883), first Professor of Latin at Queen's College, Belfast (1849-50) and second Professor of Greek (1850-78). Also at 5Z, B7,B9, B16-18.
Moore/ = Special collection of books etc., by, or relating to, the Irish poet, satirist, composer, and musician, Thomas Moore (1779-1852).
RS/ = Reference books
5Z = Books by QUB academic staff
Adam Smith Collection
Books from the library of the great Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790)
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.