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.




Reading Room Opening Hours

From Monday 4th October we are extending our opening times.

The Reading Room will be open to all readers Monday-Thursday, 9.30am to 6pm by appointment-only. Please give us as much notice of your visit as possible, but at least a minimum of two working days.

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.

To make an an appointment, please email 

If you are unable to visit in-person, we are happy to provide the following:

  • Enquiry service
  • Reprographics service

Review of Reading Room opening hours

We would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing this survey which will inform our current review of Reading Room opening hours.

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


Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651