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Special Collections

With 6.5 million manuscript items and 50,000 printed books, the Special Collections provide a resource of remarkable 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.

22 December 2016

Special Collections Christmas closure

The Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books Reading Room will be sh...

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11 July 2016

Limited access for summer 2016

Due to the on-going building project taking place in the Hartley Li...

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8 April 2016

Restricted service notice for summer 2016

From June until December 2016, there will be a building project tak...

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Printed Collections

Find out about the Special Collections printed collections, including the Cope Collection, Parkes Library and the rare book material.

Virtual Reading Room

The Special Collections Virtual Reading Room digital viewer gives access to online digital collections.

Special Collections Blog

The Special Collections blog is updated regularly with posts about our collections, as well as current news, events and exhibitions. You'll also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hartleyspecialcolls.

University Library

The University Library has a comprehensive collection of books and journals, both electronic and print, plus a range of services to support teaching and research across all areas of the University.

Special Collections Blog

Fri, 20 Sep 2019

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Travels

After following intrepid travellers to far-flung places, in the last i...

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Tue, 10 Sep 2019

Botanical illustrations from the Special Collections

As September 2019 marks 100 years of the Forestry Commission, we take ...

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Wed, 04 Sep 2019

Travels in Europe

How about taking a trip to Europe for your summer break? But what woul...

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