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Manuscripts and Special Collections

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

All items can be viewed in the Reading Room, but only items from the East Midlands Collection may be borrowed.


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

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The Reading Room is currently open to University of Nottingham staff, students and the general public.

  • 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.
  • Please follow the Covid-19 safety measures when using the Reading Room.

Opening times

The reading room will be closed for an hour in the middle of the day for cleaning.

Opening hours

Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 12.30pm 1.30pm - 4pm
Friday - Monday Closed Closed


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


University of Nottingham Libraries

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

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