King's Meadow Campus at night

Manuscripts and Special Collections

Manuscripts and Special Collections holds the University's manuscript collections, the special printed book collections, and the East Midlands Collection.

The Reading Room is open to University of Nottingham staff, students and the general public. All items can be viewed in the Reading Room, but only items from the East Midlands Collection may be borrowed.

You can also visit our exhibitions at the Weston Gallery within the Lakeside Arts Centre.


Manuscripts and Special Collections
University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane

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  • To visit, please make an appointment by emailing the team at
  • Book at least two working days in advance to view rare books, archives or the microfilm reader.
  • Search for material in advance with our manuscript and library catalogues. Let us know which document references or books you want to see and they will be ready for you when you arrive.

Reading Room opening hours

Opening hours

DayOpening Times
Monday - Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
Wednesday - Thursday 9:30am - 6pm

Weston Gallery


Manuscripts and Special Collections has:

  • door access via level front door
  • library on one level
  • wheelchair-accessible unisex WC's
  • low level service point
  • parking for blue badge holders

Access plans showing emergency exits and refuges

A Multi-Faith Prayer Room is available nearby. Visit the Chaplaincy website for more information.


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King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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