We’re delighted to announce that our Special Collections catalogue records have been added to COPAC, where they join the records of over 90 other major UK and Irish libraries. COPAC is a great way to find out about rare materials, and is used by large numbers of academics and students, so being on there will raise awareness of our collections.
In addition to our archival resources, Special Collections is the home of many rare books and periodicals. Our earliest book dates from 1679 but most of our collections are from the 19th and 20th centuries. We have collections relating to transport history (particularly railways), the history of tunnelling under the English Channel, operations research and working class autobiographies. Other themes are poetry and dialect, South Asian literature, art, theatre and music, Shakespeare authorship and issues around equality and advocacy (including child protection and disability history).
Look out for posters and bookmarks in the library with more information about COPAC.