As a 21st century space for learning and research, our library goes beyond just Google searches and well-read books – it also houses the largest of the University’s modern collections on Floors 1-7, including Art, Humanity, Science and Social Science displays.
To complement our collections, you can also find a broad range of collections and rare books which the University has built up over the last 600 years .The Special Collections and Museums dept. 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.

You can find over one million volumes in our collections, from ancient papyri to electronic journals, most of which are easily accessible through our online catalogue. You’ll also find an extensive range of electronic resources, advice via Podcast on making best use of our collections, and, in addition to the clusters of PCs in all libraries, you can borrow wireless laptops for use within the Taylor Library or use your own Wi-Fi laptop via the University’s wireless cloud.

All 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.