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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.

Please do not visit if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have been advised to self-isolate.


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

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Libraries safety measures

  • You must wear a face coverings at all times (unless exempt)
  • The University has introduced the Advise, Warn, Leave process for face coverings
  • Keep your distance from others, including those in your household
  • Use hand sanitiser before and after touching surfaces and books
  • Wipe down study spaces and equipment before and after use
  • Please do not visit the library if you have symptoms of coronavirus

Latest news

From Tuesday 15 September, our Reading Room will re-open to University of Nottingham staff and students.

From Tuesday 22 September, the Reading Room will re-open to all visitors.

If you only want to return a book or collect one using the Click and Collect service, you don’t need to make an appointment and can drop in any time during our opening hours.

To make an an appointment, please email 

Reading Room re-opening and safety measures

Opening times

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

Reading Room 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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