The Special Collections Centre is home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts, archives and photographs.
Housed in climatically controlled facilities, the collections comprise over 200,000 rare printed books – including more than 4,000 16th century items – as well as 5,000 irreplaceable archival collections, with material dating as far back as the 3rd century BC. The collections cover all aspects of the history and culture of the University, the City of Aberdeen, the region and the relationship they enjoy with the wider world, and are available to be consulted in the Reading Room on the Lower Ground Floor.
The Centre also has a Seminar Room and a Learning Room which provide visitors of all ages with dedicated spaces to learn more about the collections through seminars, workshops and educational activities. The adjacent Glucksman Conservation Centre carries out vital preservation and conservation work on our most fragile items, enabling wider access to these important collections.
Flash Fiction Competition 2014
For the third year running the Special Collections Centre is running a Flash Fiction Competition for Book Week Scotland. Get inspired by four fabulous images from the rare books and archives collections and send us your 500-word short story. Prizes to be won for both children and adult categories! For more details, visit the Flash Fiction 2014 tab on our Book Week Scotland page.
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