Manuscripts and Special Collections

Welcome to Manuscripts and Special Collections

We are part of the University of Nottingham Libraries. 

Anyone can view our printed, manuscript and archive collections at King's Meadow Campus.



Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read the University's advice and daily updates for staff, current students and prospective students

Manuscripts and Special Collections is currently closed. 

From Monday 10 August, staff will regain access to our physical collections allowing us to offer a more extensive enquiry service, including:  

  • Replying to enquiries that require us to consult our physical collections 
  • Providing digital and print copies of physical items in our collection 

To make an enquiry, or to order a copy, please email 

We’re planning for phase two services at Manuscripts and Special Collections, including access to our Reading Room at King’s Meadow Campus. We’ll share more details, including an estimated date, when we can. Please keep checking our website and twitter for details. 


Parchment, Paper and Pixels

Parchment, Paper and Pixels

A free iBook showcasing some of the treasures held in Manuscripts and Special Collections, with a range of short articles illustrated with images, sound and video.

It includes mediaeval manuscripts, archives, maps, posters, photographs, rare printed books and music and covers the globe from Iceland to China by way of Nottingham and the Soviet Union. Notable personalities featured include Robin Hood and DH Lawrence and it introduces the father of English geology, William Smith, and one of the world’s first ornithologists, Francis Willughby.

Available from itunes


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Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
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