Manuscripts and Special Collections

Printed Collections

The special printed book collections are listed below. Items within the collections are catalogued in the University of Nottingham's library catalogue, NUsearch.

To search for items in a specific collection, 

To bring up all resources in this collection, choose 'Advanced Search'. Change the first option 'Anywhere', to 'Collection'. Type the code (see below for a list, e.g. EMC for East Midlands Collection) into the main search box and click the green magnifying glass icon to submit the search. When the search results load, scroll down the filters on the right hand side of the screen. You can modify your search further by using filters for resource type, date of publication, language, etc.

To search for items within any Special Collection by keyword, type your keywords into the main search box and click the green magnifying glass to search. This time, go to the filters on the right hand side of the screen and scroll down to 'UoN Collections'. Find the Collection you wish to browse, and apply the filter.

If you are able to log in to NUsearch, you can use NUsearch to make online bookings to view Special Collection items in the Manuscripts and Special Collections Reading Room. University of Nottingham staff and students and University of Nottingham library card holders are able to log in and use this function.

If you are unable to log in to make an online booking, please contact us to make an appointment to view Special Collections.

Collection titleCode searched for in  NUsearch
Ashby Parish Library (more info) APL
Eiríkur Benedikz Icelandic Collection (more info) BVSC
Briggs Collection of Educational Literature (more info) BCEL
British Coal Board Library (more info) BCBL
British Military Government Berlin Collection (more info) BMGB
Cambridge Drama Collection (more info) CDC
Cambridge Shakespeare Collection (more info) CSC
Charles Knight Collection (more info) CKC
Coleorton Parish Priests' Library (more info) CPL
Colin Wilson Collection (more info) CWC
Cotton Research Corporation Library (more info) COT
Coventry Patmore Collection (more info) CPC
DH Lawrence Collection (more info) DHLC
East Midlands Collection (more info) EMC
East Midlands Special Collection (more info) EMSC
Elston Parish Library (more info) EPL
French Revolution Collection (more info) FRC
Florence Nightingale Collection (more info) FNC
Fred Westacott Printed Collection (more info) FWPC
German School Books Collection (more info) GSBC
HG Wells Collection (more info) HGWC
Collections of the former Institute of German, Austrian and Swiss Affairs (INGASA) (more info) ING
Ken Coates Collection of printed books (more info) KCC
Language Learning Textbooks (more info) LLT
Lincolnshire Folk Song Special Collection (more info) LFSP
Magdeburg Public Library Collection (more info) MAG
Medical Rare Books Collection (more info) MRB
Mellish Meteorological Collection of printed books and reports (more info) MMC
Modern Literature Collection (more info) MLC
Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society Library (more info) MCS
Printed reports and translations of the National Coal Board, 1937-1989 (more info) NCB
Oakham Parish Library (more info) OPL
Olive Stevenson Collection (more info) OSC
Porter Collection (more info) PC
Queen Elizabeth's School Library (more info) QESL
Russian Revolution Collection RRC
Special Collection (more info) SPEC
Third Reich Collection (more info) TRC
Travel Collection (more info) TC
University of Nottingham Collection (more info) UONC
Woodward Collection (more info) WC
Willughby Games Collection (more info) WGC


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