About Us

About Us

The Special Collections Centre is home to the University’s historic collections of books and archives.

Housed in climatically controlled facilities, the collections comprise over 230,000 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 an Exhibition Gallery which provide visitors of all ages with dedicated spaces to learn more about the collections through exhibitions, 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.