To complement our collections, you can also find a broad range of rare books which the University has built up over the last 600 years. The Special Collections and Museums department holds an Internationally-Significant collection of over 200,000 rare books, printed mostly before 1840, and 4,000 unique archive and manuscript collections. 

These are complemented by the University’s museum collections, which include Anatomy, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, Geology, Herbarium, History, Pathology, Scientific Instruments and Zoology. The University’s museum collections are amongst the largest in the country and of national importance.

All of these collections can be used to support taught courses in ways not possible in most other universities, such as being involved in the curation of exhibitions. They are also available for individual study and enjoyment, and can provide volunteer opportunities to enhance your CV.