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Special Collections and Archives

Preserving, promoting and developing the University Library's historical and special research resources.

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Opening hours

Closed 12:00-13:00 daily.
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

These are the opening hours for this week.


Special Collections and Archives aims to preserve, promote, and develop the University Library's historical and special research resources in order to support staff and postgraduate work by providing:

  • professional research services
  • a quiet study environment
  • supervised access to rare books and unique archives and manuscripts
  • microfilm scanning facilities
  • professional exhibition space.


  • An accessible entrance for assisted entry to the building is located on the west side of the building at lower ground floor level. Entry is staff-mediated – please use the intercom by the entrance.
  • A lift provides access to all floors of the library.
  • Two disabled parking spaces are available close to the Arts and Social Studies Library (by the railway line) which can be accessed from Colum Drive.
  • An accessible toilet is provided on the entrance floor.
  • Low-level catalogue terminals are available.


Library location

Arts and Social Studies Library
Lower ground floor
Colum Drive
CF10 3EU

Postal address

McKenzie House
30-36 Newport Road
CF24 0DE