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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.

16 December 2019

Special Collections Christmas Closure

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

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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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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

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

Wed, 22 Jan 2020


As many of you will be aware, we are now in the month of Veganuary [Ve...

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Tue, 14 Jan 2020

“When life was free and easy”: looking back at women’s fashion of the roaring twenties

As we enter 2020 we use the opportunity to look back at what fashion w...

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Thu, 09 Jan 2020

2019 – a year in review

And so we move to a new decade and an array of new activities for the ...

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