Saturday 7 February 2015 is National Libraries Day, a chance to celebrate libraries and find out more about them and their collections. Their website has a list of related events on the day, and this blog post aims to highlight other libraries with Special Collections which you may find useful in your research or which have exhibitions you may want to visit.
- As well as access to books and reading rooms, the British Library has a permanent exhibition: Treasures of the British Library (free) and temporary exhibitions (some free, some admission by ticket).
- Guildhall Library is a public library specialising in the history of London. It has extensive reference collections, as well as exhibitions.
- MASC25 aims to highlight printed collections of resources in libraries in higher education institutions in the London area.
- Hillingdon Local Studies, Archives and Museum Services – find out more about objects, archives, photographs, maps, films, newspapers and books from the local area.
Don’t forget that, as well as printed collections, many special collections contain archival material as well. To find out more about these try:
- Archives Hub is a gateway to search for archives on any number of subjects in the UK.
- Discovery you can use to find records from the National Archives and over 2,500 archives across the UK.