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Queens University Belfast, Special Collections

The Special Collections service at Queen's provides access to the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections, as well as to more modern material relating to Ireland and Ulster in particular.

The Special Collections Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of the McClay Library and provides a comfortable, dedicated space appropriate to the consultation of Special Collections material. Wireless internet access is available. A brief guide to Special Collections is available here, and guidance on handling our material and using the Reading Room is available here.

Access: Please note that access to early printed books or manuscripts must be arranged in advance.  Access to these materials may be restricted in the evenings and at weekends.

The University Archive:
The institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast comprises records pertaining to the history and development of Queen's from its foundation as a Queen's College in 1845 through to its establishment as an independent university in 1908 to the present day. Among the record series are those which are traditionally associated with the life of a university, such as the minutes of Senate, minutes of the Academic Council, faculty and departmental records, University Calendars, student registers and roll books and examination papers. 

All queries regarding the University Archive should be sent to Ursula Mitchel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel. +44 2890976237.

The Manuscript Collection includes material dating from the twelfth century on, with a particular bias towards the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, covering issues as diverse as politics, music and language in eighteenth century Ireland, politics, culture and business in nineteenth and early twentieth century China. The personal and literary papers of writers such as Somerville & Ross and Helen Waddell, and the notes and papers of academics Thomas Andrews, James Thomson, R.M. Henry and Charles MacDouall are also included.



The McClay Library, 10 College Park, Belfast BT71LP

Telephone:  Tel: 028 9097 6333
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