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Special Collections and Archives cares for and makes available in perpetuity the unique and distinctive historic collections of the University of Liverpool. This includes printed books, pamphlets and manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 21st century; Europe’s largest catalogued collection of Science Fiction material (including the Science Fiction Foundation Collection); and nearly two miles of archives, including collections such as the University of Liverpool Archive and the Cunard Archive.
You can find out more information on the Collections Highlights A-Z.
Special Collections and Archives offers bespoke one-to-one support for University of Liverpool students.
The team can:
Please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to arrange to chat to a member of the team (please note that these sessions do not include the consultation of primary sources).
Find out more about how Special collections and Archives can support your research.
Special Collections and Archives offers support for University of Liverpool academic staff by providing opportunities for students to engage with primary sources within dedicated sessions that may be embedded into modules.
All sessions include an introductory overview provided by a member of the team. The overview will introduce the Special Collections and Archives service, the available collections, and a demonstration of how to use the library/archives catalogues. The team can also design the introductory overview to fit the individual needs of the students and a member of the team will be on hand throughout the session to provide guidance on aspects such as handling rare books/archival material.
If you wish to consult Special Collections and Archives material during the session, academics can book the the SC&A Wolfson Teaching Room for sessions of up to six students (maximum room capacity is eight to allow for 1m+ social distancing).
Special Collections and Archives is based on the ground floor Grove Wing of the Sydney Jones Library. If you know what materials from Special Collections and Archives you’d like to consult, the Reading Room is open Tuesday-Friday and appointment slots are available to book online.