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With 6.5 million manuscript items and 50,000 printed books, the Special Collections provide a resource of unparalleled richness and depth. Within the Archives and Manuscripts are the papers of the first Duke of Wellington, third Viscount Palmerston, and papers for the foundation of the states of India and Pakistan in the archive of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Southampton is also home to one of the largest Jewish archives in Western Europe. Printed collections of note are the Parkes Library on Jewish/non-Jewish relations, the Cope Collection on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Perkins Agricultural Library and the Wellington Pamphlets.
Find out about the Special Collections printed collections, including the Cope Collection, Parkes Library and the rare book material.
The Special Collections Virtual Reading Room digitial viewer gives access to online digital collections.
The Special Collections blog is updated regularly with posts about our collections, as well as Special Collections news, events and exhibitions.
The University Library has a comprehensive collection of books and journals, both electronic and print, available from the Hartley and other campus libraries, plus a range of services to support teaching and research across all areas of the University.